The HSE inspectors are coming – will your business pass an inspection? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has made an additional £14 million available to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to fund extra call centre staff, inspectors and equipment. You can find out more about the additional funding by clicking here.


The additional money has been available to the HSE to conduct spot checks on businesses across the UK to ensure that they’re abiding by social distancing guidance, amongst other elements of employees’ health and safety. It’s widely anticipated that during inspections, inspectors will be assessing all aspects of employee health and safety, including the control of dust and fumes, which are legislated in regulation 6 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations 2002.

Fee for Intervention

It is also anticipated that inspections will be thoroughly undertaken to recuperate a substantial return from the £14m investment. The HSE currently operates a Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme, which is currently charged at £157 per hour. The scheme is based on the amount of an inspector’s time it takes to identify breaches and help put things right. You can find out more about the ‘Fee for Intervention’ scheme here.

Field Inspections

Employees are now being encouraged to raise any health and safety concerns they have directly with the HSE’s existing, and additional call centre staff. A recent publication stated that over 7,000 inquiries had been made to the HSE and 4,500 of these resulted in complaints.

Free Site Assessments

At Auto Extract Systems Ltd, we want to help businesses avoid costly HSE inspections where FFI is used to recover costs, that’s why we offer a free, no-obligation site assessment service. We will attend your site at a convenient time to suit both you and us and assess your working environment and make recommendations on how to most-effectively control the dust and/or fumes generated from your working processes. We’ll then provide you with a quotation on how to best remedy the problem and control the substances hazardous to health. Get in touch with our friendly team on +44 (0)1942 267444, or to book in one of our LEV system sales technicians for an assessment. Alternatively, please email

Auto Extract Systems Ltd is the UK and Ireland’s leading fume extraction and dust filtration solutions company.  We are committed to helping businesses provide dust and fume free workplaces with meticulous local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems and comprehensive maintenance services.

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