Responsible person for building safety

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6266
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At Fire, Resilience and Emergency Planning Committee on 31 January, the LFC stated that there was difficulty in “getting Responsible People who wanted to commit and sign their name on documents stating whether or not buildings were safe and whether or not the right safety checks had taken place”. Since June 2017, at how many premises has the Brigade encountered difficulty in securing sign-off from the Responsible Person?

Answer

Responsible person for building safety

Responsible person for building safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe the Commissioner was making a general point about the difficulties and uncertainties around building safety in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and, as a consequence, people committing to sign off risk assessments, provide Competent Person’s advice or sign for work being undertaken on premises. In general, this has led to people looking to London Fire Brigade (LFB) to provide guidance and take ownership of issues that rightly sit with the Responsible Person for a given premises.  There have been no specific issues for LFB in this regard but it has been a consistent area that LFB have had to advise on.