Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action. The fee is payable by duty holders found to be in material breach of the law.
The total amount charged will be based on the amount of time it takes HSE to identify and conclude its regulatory action in relation to the material breach, including associated office work. This will be multiplied by the relevant hourly rate of £129 per hour.
As part of the FFI, the HSE has a procedure for answering queries and resolving disputes arising from HSE recovering its costs. However, they have recently announced they are intending to consult on proposals to make Fee For Intervention (FFI) charging scheme “fully independent”.
Further details are available from HSE.