The implementation of a Hackitt Review recommendation is another step towards safer structures, with CROSS expanding its remit to cover fire safety.

Built environment professionals and others have been empowered to help make structures safer, with the expansion and refresh of a collaborative and confidential safety reporting system.

Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS), which is operated jointly by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers, has expanded its remit to include reporting on fire and structural safety from today.

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, Dame Judith Hackitt undertook an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The final report recommended that CROSS “should be extended and strengthened to cover all engineering safety concerns”.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Dame Judith Hackitt said:

“This is a really important step in changing the culture around buildings and structures to one of openness and transparency. Other industry sectors like airlines have shown how valuable this type of no-blame reporting of concerns can be in identifying potential causes of failure before they happen and ensuring that they are shared with the whole sector.”

The confidential safety reporting system for buildings and other structures allows professionals and others to share their concerns about, and experiences of, fire and structural safety to help others make structures safer. CROSS publishes safety information, supporting continuous learning at all levels across the built environment, including individuals, organisations and regulators.

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