Safety bodies to meet ministers to discuss fire regulations post-Grenfell Tower

Leading safety bodies are to meet ministers for talks on the UK’s building and fire regulations following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the House of Lords has heard.

Among the organisations calling on the government for ‘a change in mind-set’ on safety regulations is the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), British Safety Council (BSC) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

These organisations are among more than 1,000 signatories urging the government to scrap its approach to health and safety deregulation and think again in an open letter to Theresa May.

The letter has prompted a two-hour debate in the Lords, led by Baroness Andrews, culminating in an agreement by Lord Prior that a meeting should take place between the safety industry and government representatives.

Andrews said: “I think the crux of this debate is whether the pendulum has swung too far with deregulation, and that is a matter of judgement. The awful tragedy of Grenfell Tower will make us rethink these issues and I hope it will change the culture that surrounds the way we look at regulation.”

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