The Engineering Council has announced that it has become a Corporate Supporter of the “Building a Safer Future Charter”.
This aligns with their existing work on building safety, including the development of new contextualised competence requirements that complement their internationally-recognised standards.
The Building a Safer Future Charter was created to promote an urgent and positive culture and behavioural change in the safety of the built environment, and is about putting people’s safety first in how we plan for, design, build, maintain, and look after the safety of the buildings we live, work or play in, and protect those that use them.
The Charter sets out five commitments that demonstrate commitment to protecting life by putting safety first, ahead of all other building priorities. Corporate Supporters, including the Engineering Council, agreed to support these commitments and promote them within their sphere of influence.
Engineering Council CEO Alasdair Coates said “The Engineering Council’s vision is to maintain society’s confidence and trust in the engineering profession. We achieve this through working strategically with partners and are pleased to be supporting this important Charter, part of our wider work
on competence and the crucial issue of building safety”.
Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent inquiry into building regulations and fire safety
clearly identified failure of leadership and culture as key underlying causes of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The ‘Building a Safer Future Charter’ was initiated in response by a group of early adopters including contractors, housing associations and local authorities supported by MHCLG with a vision of having an industry committed to putting people’s safety first.