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Mike is a highly-respected chartered health, safety and environmental professional and has worked in multiple industries, cultures, legislative systems, organisations and industries (e.g. engineering, multi-utilities and FMCG production operations).He has considerable experience in delivering a wide range of strategic consultancy services and training in particular; assurance projects, legal compliance reviews, management system gap analysis, environmental, health & safety management system development & implementation, training and competency strategy development.Mike regularly delivers legislative and industry specific update seminars, and author’s international health and safety guides and documents for clients. He has extensive experience working for international organisations and clients in; Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.
August 24, 2015

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Fee For Intervention – Five things you need to know

CashWith the three year anniversary of the HSE’s Fee For Intervention (FFI) in October, Mike Taylor from Santia Consulting takes a look back at one of the more controversial undertakings in the health and safety industry.

1. The HSE’s scheme for recovering costs from businesses which are found to have a “material breach” will have been around for three years on October 1.

2. A “material breach” is when, in the opinion of an HSE inspector, there is or has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires them to issue notice in writing of that opinion to the business that they’ve inspected. Therefore, only HSE enforced premises are within scope of the FFI scheme.

3. Following the Fee For Intervention’s introduction, the revenue generated from FFI by the end of January 2014 totalled just over £10.6m.

4. The rate charged for FFI is £124 per hour. This is based on the amount of time it takes the HSE to identify and conclude its regulatory action.

5. If a business disagrees with an invoice that they receive from the HSE, they can submit a query to the HSE within 21 days. If they aren’t satisfied with the response, they can raise a dispute which must be submitted in writing. This will be considered by a panel of HSE staff and an independent representative. If it’s not upheld, the business will have to pay for HSE’s time spent handling the dispute as well as the time taken to resolve the material breach. If the dispute is upheld, HSE will refund invoices which have been paid and will not charge a fee for handling the dispute.

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Mike Taylor is Technical Director, Health, Safety and Environment at Santia Consulting. He will be presenting Barbour’s bi-annual legislation update in October 2015.




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8 years ago

FFI can be quite a controversial subject, but on balance I think this has been a really positive move by the HSE.

Where there is a material breach, it’s only right that the organisation in question should be obliged to contribute towards the cost of enforcement. FFI is really about recovering costs rather than generating income.

Phil Pinnington
Phil Pinnington
8 years ago

I’m afraid I disagree with Steven in his assessment. FFI hasn’t been a force for good, and in fact I think it’s given the wrong profile to HSE. Their job was to make sure both the letter and spirit of the regulations are being upheld for the protection of individuals. Many amongst us suspected this was a money-making scheme and I’m afraid I for one have yet to see evidence of cases where the intervention has been an intervention for good. Many I’ve heard of have been following RIDDOR reportable incidents which haven’t resulted in injury nor has the potential… Read more »