Report Backs Fee For Intervention Scheme
The Health and Safety Executives controversial Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme has been given the thumbs up by an independent panel set up to review its effectiveness amidst fears that it would be used as a means of cash generation.
Chaired by Liverpool University professor of public policy Alan Harding and featuring participants from the GMB trade union, government and Federation of Small Businesses the panel concluded in their report that there was no evidence to suggest that enforcement policy decisions had been influenced by the introduction of FFI in October 2012. The panel complimented HSE inspectors on the way they had consistently and fairly implemented the scheme and considered that there was no viable alternative that could achieve the same aim.
The report was welcomed by HSE chair Judith Hackett who said; “Both HSE and the government believe it is right that those who fail to meet their legal health and safety obligations should pay our costs, and acceptance of this principle is growing. This review gives us confidence that FFI is working effectively and should be retained.” Companies paid almost £10.7 million in fees between the introduction of the scheme and January 2014 with £4.2 million paid by manufacturers and £2.8 million by construction firms. HSE may now look to extend FFI to organisations covered by other enforcement regimes.
You can read the full panel report here