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Reactive Fire Safety Regs Ignore Tragedies Waiting to Happen

Reactive Fire Safety Regs Ignore Tragedies Waiting to Happen

07 Oct 2019

It’s a red herring to suggest that ‘avoiding another Grenfell’ is the reason we need stronger fire safety regulations.

Quite rightly, preventing tragedies is a priority for the ministers, the Fire Brigades Union and others using this language to criticise the pace of change, but a focus on not repeating the past exposes one of the greatest flaws of our regulatory system.  Simply put, it’s too reactive, addressing individual failings exposed by disaster rather than all known risks.

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