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Certsure and ECA respond to Grenfell Tower review report

May 2018 Fire & Security, Latest News | Comments Off on Certsure and ECA respond to Grenfell Tower review report

Following the publication of the independent Hackitt Review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which was prompted by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Certsure, and ECA and the FSA, have responded to the main recommendations.

Alan Wells, director, technical and standards at Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and EL-ECSA brands, said: “Throughout her Review, Dame Hackitt notes that competence – defined as a combination of knowledge, skills and experience – underpins safety for all. The electrotech-nical industry recognises and promotes professionals who have a wide range of skills and the report acknowledges the scope of that competence is key.

“The need for all aspects of the building trade to be ‘assessed, accredited and reaccredited’ is intrinsic too. The report’s focus on UKAS accreditation as a minimum standard is a positive step forward.

“Those who are rushing to offer themselves and their schemes endorsement because of the Review may be in danger of premature congratulations as careful reading highlights the need for cultural change, which requires sustained leadership by all.”

ECA director of technical and head of FSA Steve Martin commented: “ECA and FSA are pleased the independent Hackitt Review broadly agreed with many of the recommendations we made during the consultation. We will continue to work with government and industry to achieve its broad aims of the Review and deliver a holistic approach to fire safety training and regulation.”

The report comes almost one year after the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people. Some of the main recommendations include:

  • Setting up a new regulatory framework for all high-rise buildings over 10 storeys
  • The establishment of a Joint Competent Authority to oversee management of safety risks
  • Rigorous roles and responsibilities for duty-holders
  • A series of robust fire safety gateway points for every high-rise project
  • More rigorous enforcement of powers, with more serious penalties for non-compliant firms
  • The creation of digital records charting work on all new high-rise projects
  • Addressing poor procurement practices to avoid a ‘race to the bottom’ model
  • Fire safety training embedded into all relevant sectors for individuals who work in construction
  • Industry-recognised qualifications emphasised as a benchmark for individual competence to-gether with ongoing CPD, with reference to ECS card scheme as example of best practice.