Following on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, earlier in the year the government launched an independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt the former head of the HSE.
An interim report has now been published which sets out the review’s findings to date and the direction of travel for the final report.
The review has found that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose in particular current regulations and guidance were found to be too complex and unclear, compliance, enforcement and sanctions processes are too weak, the means of assessing and ensuring the competency of key people throughout the system is inadequate and the clarity of roles and responsibilities is poor, the route for residents to escalate concerns is unclear and inadequate and finally he system of product testing, marketing and quality assurance is not clear.
The review will now move into its second phase and aims to publish a final report in spring 2018. This second phase will cover the following six broad areas:
- Regulation and guidance
- Roles and responsibilities
- Process, compliance and enforcement
- Residents’ voice and raising concerns
- Quality assurance and products
Full details of the interim report can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety-interim-report