“Culture change towards competency still needed in construction,” – Dame Hackitt

In her role as the leader of the Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG), Dame Judith has recently spoken of the need to explore ways to recognise and accredit those “who are leading the industry in the right direction.”

Within the ISSG’s recent report into post-Grenfell, the group believe that competency is still a huge challenge and there is a “lack of widespread, proactive leadership.”

Concern was also raised regarding the impact that Covid-19 may have on the construction sector – a struggling economy may result in corner cutting to reduce costs, putting lives at risk.

We believe one positive note has been the introduction of a Building Safety Regulator, which Dame Judith Hackitt initially recommended in her review of building regulations and fire safety over two years ago.  This introduction has since been confirmed in the Draft Building Safety Bill.

As a business we encourage legislators to consider building standards should not allow for indefinite grandfather rights and where a building safety is improved, owners should be encouraged to update systems to the latest safety standards.

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