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14 Feb 20201 minute read

First meeting for Building Safety Board

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First meeting for Building Safety Board

Image credit: Construction News

The Board charged with introducing the new Building Safety Regulator is set to meet for the first time next week.

Chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, the Board will initially operate as a ‘shadow body’ under the umbrella of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) until it is granted statutory powers, which is expected in 2021.

Speaking to Construction News, Dame Judith said, “One of the first things on our agenda is to look at the possible timeline for setting things up in shadow mode, and how we can get this up and running as quickly as possible. Then we can start to remove some of the uncertainty being reflected back at us from the industry and start to break down some of that reluctance to change because [the industry] are awaiting further detail on what Regulation might look like.”

Dame Judith added that the new Regulator, which is expected to operate in England, “will be under the HSE umbrella and you know how the HSE operates. They don’t tell you what to do, they ask you to demonstrate that you are doing what is reasonable. You also know how HSE operates in terms of being a firm but fair regulatory body – and it won’t be a minor rap across the knuckles when you get it wrong anymore.”

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