The consultation follows the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Hackitt Review.
ICE is calling on members to support new safety reporting proposals by responding to a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consultation.
Responding to the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 and the subsequent Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which was led by Dame Judith Hackitt, MHCLG has proposed a new building safety system and is now seeking industry views.
This includes new safety reporting schemes for both fire and structural safety issues.
A new mandatory system
The new proposals would expand and strengthen the existing Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) scheme, a reporting scheme run by Structural Safety UK and sponsored by ICE, the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Currently, it collects voluntary reports on structural safety issues and shares learning across industry.
The expansion would allow CROSS to collect more voluntary reports, including on fire safety issues.
The government also proposes a new mandatory system for key duty-holders to report occurrences of fire and structural safety issues to the building safety regulator.
Alastair Soane, ICE Fellow and Director of Structural Safety, said: “Structural Safety fully supports the government’s safety reporting proposals and their view that the best systems of oversight and regulation ensure that the people operating within them learn from their experiences, without fear of blame or retribution.
“We believe that the expanded and strengthened CROSS scheme, along with the new mandatory reporting scheme, will complement each other to develop a safety-focused culture in the sector and share intelligence to better understand safety risks and monitor safety trends.”
How ICE members should respond
ICE supports these proposals and will respond to the consultation as an organisation. However, members are encouraged to also submit individual responses in support.
Nathan Baker, ICE Knowledge Director, said: “Effective safety reporting is crucial to assuring society that infrastructure professionals can be trusted. Member support for the new proposals will help secure the funding necessary for strengthening and extending CROSS. We encourage members to respond to the consultation and help take these proposals forward."
Structural Safety has produced detailed guidance to help supporters to respond to three consultation questions in particular, with instructions on how to make a submission. This should take no longer than 15 minutes.
The deadline for responses is 31 July 2019.