With effect from the 6 April 2019 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has increased the hourly rate which businesses must pay if found to be in material breach of the health and safety laws.

Material breach is defined as those that require the issuing of notices to dutyholders. Investigations which conclude that there has been no material breach do not attract a fee for intervention.

The fee for intervention (FFI), designed to recoup some of the costs of regulating workplace health and safety, has been increased in an effort to address the deficit at which they currently operate.

The fee change from £129 to £154 per hour will cause a significant increase in the total bill to be paid at the conclusion of an investigation and can have serious repercussions, particularly for smaller businesses.

Businesses and individuals should therefore, of course, be mindful of their duties under health and safety laws and seek advice and assistance as soon as they are aware of a possible investigation, so as to keep the FFI to a minimum and prevent avoidable prosecutions.

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