Do you know what your level of compliance is relating to H&S legislation? The saying “Ignorance is Bliss” could actually become an expensive and time-consuming headache if you are uncertain about where your compliance gaps lie.
Almost half of all the proactive inspections carried by the HSE out last year ended up with the organisation being inspected being served with a Fee for Intervention (FFI) bill, a freedom of information request has revealed.
Provisional figures show that, of the 19,842 proactive inspections the HSE carried out in 2016–17, 9087 (46%) resulted a notification of contravention, which is the trigger for an FFI invoice. The average fee is circa £1,000, with some Intervention Fees being significantly more.
A gap analysis of your compliance could be completed by us with minimal effort by yourself, and cost less than the average Fee for Intervention “fine”, depending on the size and complexity of your organisation.
The beauty of a H&S gap analysis is that it will tell you where you are excelling, doing OK or where you are not complying and could be vulnerable. It will basically tell you the whole story of where you are compliance-wise, and what you need to do. This can form the route-plan to fill those gaps so you will be less vulnerable if/when the inspector calls.
The request by law firm DWF, which covers four years between 2013–14 and 2016–17, found that the proportion of inspections that resulted in the business being served with a notification of contravention (NoC) has grown each year from 33% at the start of that time span. So with inspections on the rise, and Fee for Intervention increasing, it seems a sensible option to undertake this one-off exercise.
Whatever our views are regarding Fee for Intervention, it isn’t going away, and the Fees are only likely to rise.
If your organisation hasn’t undertaken a full H&S audit in the last few years, or if you want the certainty of knowing where you are with your compliance level, please call or email us. It costs nothing to talk.