HSE increases FFI charge by almost 20%02 May 2019
Fee for Intervention (FFI) is a charge that can be levied by HSE inspectors for their time against employers who are deemed to have committed a ‘material breach’ of health and safety. It is not a sanction under criminal law but a ‘fee’ for the HSE’s ‘services’ in the commission of their intervention. In the events industry it has typically been levied at contractors for issues such as work at height violations.
The HSE has increased its hourly rate from £129 to £154. The new charge came into effect on 6 April and it is the second increase since the scheme was introduced in October 2012. In a statement, the HSE said this can be attributed in part to the fact that the scheme has operated recently at a deficit.
Whilst the costs are unlikely to amount to a large sum it should be remembered that the issue of an FFI at an event, whilst not an official sanction, puts that event on the radar for future visits by HSE inspectors. A number of FFI’s issued at an event might also point to a wider failure of the organiser to manage the site properly with regard to health and safety.