Safety groups to meet ministers after Grenfell

Jonathan Owen

The smouldering remains of Grenfell Tower, in west London

Source: London Fire Brigade

Discussions will centre on building and fire regs

Britain’s leading health and safety organisations are set to hold talks with ministers about Britain’s building and fire regulations, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Arrangements are currently underway to arrange the meeting, where representatives from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, British Safety Council and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents will be among those present

This comes just weeks after an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, supported by more than 70 organisations and individuals, demanded that she “scrap the government’s approach to health and safety deregulation and think again”.

Speaking during a debate in the Lords yesterday last week, business minister Lord Prior agreed that the government should meet with the safety industry. He said: “The awful tragedy of Grenfell Tower will make us rethink these issues and I hope it will change the culture that surrounds the way we look at regulation.”

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