Grenfell Tower Update
Speaking at FIREX 2018, which ran alongside Safety & Health Expo, Paul Fuller said that while the Federation supports almost all recommendations made in Dame Judith Hackitt’s recent report and “welcomes the much-needed cultural change in the regulatory environment”, it is still “disappointed that even despite that there is still no immediate review of Approved Document B”.
“We have seen similar tragedies in the past and all of them have resulted in stronger and more prescriptive regulations to ensure they cannot happen again,” said Fuller.
“Something that almost every single person who has appeared in the media over the last 12 months has said is ‘this is something we must never allow this to happen again’. How are we to never allow this to happen again if we do not do something?”
Mr Fuller said the Federation has been campaigning for many years about the UK’s approach to fire safety and in the weeks before the Grenfell Tower last year had been preparing to launch a publicity campaign about the need to reform Approved Document B, which was shelved in the aftermath of the fire.
He also talked about how fire safety had been “naturally eroded” in the years before the tragedy.
“The political and sector mood music of the day was best reflected by the-then home secretary in 2016 and I will repeat exactly what she said – ‘the number of fires in England has been reduced by nearly two thirds, fire deaths have fallen by half and we have seen a similar reductions in the number of non-fatal casualties.
There are approaching 200,000 fewer false alarms each year and malicious incidents have fallen by 90%. Buildings are safer, families and communities are more secure’.”