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IOSH urges ‘visible action’ from new building safety regulator

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has responded to the new HSE regulator announcement, urging “visible and tangible action” on improving building safety.
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HSE regulator at the fore of new building safety plans

Housing secretary, Robert Jenrick has announced measures that go further and faster to ensure residents are safe in their homes, slow improving building safety standards will “not be tolerated”.
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Changing of the guard in electrical safety

Lesley Rudd, who takes the reins of consumer protection charity Electrical Safety First in February, discusses her priorities in the role and those of the new government, as well as the key issues around electrical safety in building control.
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Construction industry in 2019 review – and 2020 preview

Simon Lewis and Michelle Essen of WBD take a look at some of the key legal changes and industry developments for construction in 2019, and highlight a few things to expect in 2020.
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Combustible cladding on high rise buildings banned in Wales

Following the Grenfell disaster, the Welsh Government has made a commitment to ban the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings in Wales.
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Grenfell Tower: The fallout continues…

Chief executive of The Vinden Partnership, Peter Vinden, discusses the insurance crisis in the construction industry and what this could mean for those in the sector in 2020.
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New London fire commissioner appointed

The new London fire commissioner will be working with the deputy mayor for fire and resilience, Fiona Twycross, to deliver the recommendations of the recent Grenfell Tower Inquiry report (Phase 1).
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Grenfell Inquiry guidance must be implemented quickly, says FBU

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said that recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report must be implemented ‘quickly and efficiently’.
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FPA calls for complete ban of combustible materials on buildings

The fire that engulfed the Cube in Bolton provides a stark reminder that the issues facing UK fire safety are the result of several problems, not just Grenfell-style ACM cladding, says the Fire Protection Association.
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Bolton student block blaze raises more cladding concerns

Cladding on student accommodation, The Cube in Bolton, is a cause for “concern” following a major blaze on Friday (15 November), says Greater Manchester's mayor.
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Construction product information to be reformed

The Construction Product Information Survey, launched last week is expected to reform the way construction product information is provided by manufacturers and communicated to those that use it.
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Grenfell Tower report blames cladding for fire’s spread

Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report has blamed ACM cladding for the fire spreading and recommends every owner/manager of high-rise residential buildings be required by law to provide their local fire service with information about the design.
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Proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government published a consultation to create a radically new fire safety system.
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Grenfell Tower fire: The law of unintended consequences

Peter Vinden, chief executive of the Vinden Partnership, looks at professional indemnity insurance claims and rising premiums in the wake of the Grenfell disaster.

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