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Combustible cladding ban should apply to all high-rises

Professionals within the chartered body for health and safety have said that a ban on combustible cladding in the UK should apply to all new high-rise buildings.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire announced that new high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, cares homes and student accommodation will be covered by the ban.

05 November 2018

Professionals within the chartered body for health and safety have said that a ban on combustible cladding in the UK should apply to all new high-rise buildings.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire announced that new high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, cares homes and student accommodation will be covered by the ban.

The IOSH believes it provides some clarity and simplification for the future of buildings but warned that it does not go far enough with existing high-rises, offices and buildings that are no covered.

IOSH previously called upon the Government for urgent action to improve the UK system for building and fire safety in the wake of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review following the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Recommendations included improved fire safety regulations, guidance and enforcement competence levels.

Dame Judith Hackitt, who was among key speakers, said it is vital that changes are made to the regulatory system, otherwise it is impossible to rule out another “catastrophic event” like Grenfell.

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