A HSE inspector’s duty is to inspect work activities and investigate accidents and complaints in the workplace. When an inspector visits a business and finds a material breach of health and safety law, the business will be required to pay a fee (the FFI). The FFI is calculated on an hourly rate, based on the amount of time the inspector spends identifying, correcting, investigating and taking enforcement action upon the material breach.

A material breach of health and safety law occurs when a HSE inspector forms an opinion that there is or has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires written notification of the opinion. Written notification can come in several forms, including a simple notification of contravention, an improvement or prohibition notice, or a prosecution.

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