Fee for Intervention: The HSE’s cost recovery scheme

From the 1st October 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been able to recover costs for carrying out some of its activities from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law. This cost recovery approach is known as Fee for Intervention (FFI) and is intended to shift enforcement costs from the public purse to those organisations that break the law. For those employers who remain compliant, or where a breach is not material, they will not be charged.

In this three page article, Zurich examines the Fee for Intervention cost recovery approach and the implications for organisations.

Topics covered:

- What is Fee for Intervention?

- What is meant by the term 'material breach'?

- What might it cost?

- Other considerations.

- A position of defence.