Grenfell’s “race to the bottom” equally applicable to workplace health & safety

Occupational health and safety (OHS), building safety and public safety often overlap but never more so than in the instance of the Grenfell fire of June 2017.  The UK Government has just released the final report into the incident and there are many interesting lessons for workplace health and safety and its social role.

Dame Judith Hackitt, formerly the Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive,  has rightly focused on the big picture issues of regulatory failure, poor decision-making, unsafe cladding, messy responsibilities and jurisdictions. 

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