More than 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK’s safety and health profession have joined together to urge the government to scrap its approach to deregulation of health and safety legislation in light of the Grenfell Tower blaze.
The open letter to the prime minister, published on the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health website, reads: “At this crucial time of national reflection and sorrow, we urge all politicians to re-emphasise the need for effective health and safety regulation and competent fire risk management. These are fundamental to saving lives and sustaining our communities.”
It also states: “For many years, ministers and others with influence over them have called for regulations, including in health and safety, to be axed as a matter of principle. Arbitrary rules were imposed to establish deregulation of health and safety, such as a requirement to abolish two health and safety regulations (and more recently, three) for any new one adopted.
“This mindset has meant that, even when it was recommended and accepted that mandatory fitting of sprinklers would make homes or schools safer, this was rejected in favour of non-regulatory action. In practice, this approach favours inaction.”
To read the complete letter and a full list of signatories, click here.