While construction contracts should already include a “prohibited materials” clause to prevent professionals from specifying or allowing hazardous or noxious materials on-site, I am pleased that the government is creating a new national regulator in the UK to control the construction materials used monitor and ensure our homes are safe!
The regulator will operate within the Product Safety and Standards Bureau, which is being expanded with an additional £ 10 million in funding and has the power to withdraw products from the market that pose a significant safety risk. It will also be able to track companies that violate product safety regulations.
This new product regulator is part of the government’s broader reform of building control systems, along with the draft Building Safety Act and a new building safety regulator. I hope everyone has the power to prevent another disaster similar to the Grenfell Tower.
OPSS will work with the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to ensure that a new legal framework is put in place that sets out clear safety commitments required by companies that supply construction products.