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Building safety benchmarking to follow chemical industry model

22 June 2020

The Building a Safer Future Charter, set up to drive construction culture change following the Hackitt review, will base its benchmarking and verification system on a model used by the chemical sector.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has been appointed by the ‘Early Adopters Group’ to develop and manage the Building a Safer Future Charter.

CCS chief executive Amanda Long told CM that the charter needed independent verification to have substance.

“We plan to work closely with, and learn from, the ‘Responsible Care’ approach adopted by the chemical industry,” she explained. “We intend to go beyond that approach and exceed their requirements in relation to independent verification.”

Responsible Care is a voluntary initiative, adopted by 96 of the world’s 100 largest chemical producers, which commits signatories to continuously improving their health, safety and environmental performance, and relations with neighbours and the public. 

“We are focusing on raising standards in the industry and building public trust in relation to building safety,” said Long. “We will do this by providing a robust approach to benchmarking and independent verification of projects, as well as providing a public portal for anyone to raise concerns they may have about the safety of a building.

“Drawing from experience in the industry and beyond, we will be establishing a working group over the summer to assist and advise on benchmarking and verification,” she added.

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