Today HSE announced the appointment of a new Chief Inspector of Buildings to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) in HSE.
Peter Baker will continue in his current role as HSE’s current Director of Building Safety and Construction will take up the new post to oversee the introduction of the new regime with immediate effect.
HSE was asked by the Government to establish a new building safety regulator in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster and following recommendations in the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report by Dame Judith Hackitt.
Once established, the new regulator will oversee the safe design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings so that residents are safe and feel safe. The BSR will be independent and evidence-led, and will work with local regulators, landlords and building owners, the construction and building design industry, and residents. It will also have legal powers to deal with serious risks and to hold duty holders to account for failing to manage and control building safety risks.
Sarah Jardine, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction, will work closely with Peter and continue the focus on driving down the number and rate of fatal incidents, work-related injury and ill health in the high-risk construction industry.
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