Consultation on a new regime for all new multi-occupied residential buildings over 18 metres, or six storeys, in height has been published by the government. Running until 31st July 2019, the consultation includes a call for evidence on the effectiveness of fire safety legislation for high risk workplaces and multi-occupancy buildings above the height threshold.
Health and safety law expert Katherine Metcalfe of Pinsent Masons said, “The emphasis on identifying senior individuals within organisations who will be responsible for fire and building safety is a clear statement of intent about who should be held to account if safety is not achieved" .
The UK government intends to consult with the devolved governments on enhanced regulation for construction products as part of the reform programme. The consultation is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/building-a-safer-future-proposals-for-reform-of-the-building-safety-regulatory-system