IOSH Calls for Grenfell Tower Enquiry to be a ‘Watershed for Fire Safety’

The head of the Grenfell Tower tragedy enquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick has prepared a letter for the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, outlining his recommendations for the public enquiry.

Head of policy and public affairs at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Mr Richard Jones, has responded and said, ‘It’s vital that this inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire becomes a watershed for fire safety and helps prevent future tragedies. Agreeing these terms of reference will help ensure key areas of weakness are examined and enable the chair to make the necessary recommendations to improve both current and future fire risk management.’

The recommendations within the letter to the UK PM outline the terms for reference for the enquiry:

  • The immediate cause or causes of the fire and the means by which it spread to the whole of the building.
  • The design and construction of Grenfell and the decisions made relating to its modification, refurbishment and management.
  • The scope and adequacy of current Building Regulations, fire regulations and other legislation, guidance and industry practice relating to the design, construction, equipping and management of high-rise tower blocks.
  • Whether such regulations, legislation, guidance and industry practice were complied with in the case of Grenfell Tower and which fire safety measures were adopted in relation to it.
  • The actions of the local authority or other responsible bodies for receiving and acting upon information obtained from residents or available from other sources (such as information from fires in other buildings) relating to the risk of fire at Grenfell Tower, and the action taken in response to such intelligence.
  • The fire prevention and fire safety measures that were in place at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.
  • The response of the London Fire Brigade.
  • The response of central and local government in the days immediately following the fire.

A preliminary hearing is expected to be held during September 2017, with a view to producing an initial report by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

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