Building a Safer Future, the final report following Grenfell is published.

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
18th May 2018

“The principle of risk being owned and managed by those who create it was enshrined in UK health and safety law in the 1970s, following the review conducted by Lord Robens, and its effectiveness is clear and demonstrable. The principles of health and safety law do not just apply to those who are engaged in work but also to those who are placed at risk by work activities, including members of the public. It should be clear to anyone that this principle should extend to the safety of those who live in and use the ‘products’ of the construction industry, such as a multi-occupancy building, where the risk of fire exposes residents to danger.” Dame Judith comments in her foreword. She also highlights as key themes;

  • A clear model of risk ownership;
  • An outcomes based regulatory framework;
  • Considering building as a system;
  • A risk based approach to the level of regulatory oversight; and
  • Transparency of information and an audit trail.

With the Government already considering its approach to external cladding as just one issue, and the Public Enquiry into the Grenfell disaster due to start next week, there is much more needed and to come.