The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on 1 October 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval.
FFI enables HSE to recover its costs when tackling material breaches of health and safety law.
A material breach is when, in the opinion of the HSE inspector, there has been a contravention of health and safety law that they consider is serious enough to require them to notify the person in writing.
The proposed FFI hourly rate for 2012/13 is £124, so getting it wrong on health and safety could prove even more expensive.
HSE has published new guidance on the scheme, explaining how FFI works and including examples illustrating how it would be applied.