A new white paper from ASSA ABLOY focuses on leadership in building safety, challenging the ‘tick box’ approach to compliance that is prevalent within the built environment.
The white paper uses the same framework as a series of reports on building safety from Dame Judith Hackitt and the Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG) to examine the roles of: Leadership and collaboration, Compliance and capacity building, and Responsibility and transparency when it comes to building safety.
Eryl Jones, managing director of ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, says: “In essence, more needs to be done to accelerate culture change in the built environment industry, so we can move from a position of compliance to leadership in building safety.
“With an extensive supply chain involved in building projects and a wide-ranging number of groups, associations and authorities trying to tackle this issue, we felt it was our role to help provide advice and recommendations on what we believe are the best opportunities to help address this challenge, which is the reason for this white paper.”
Endorsed by GAI and DHF, the document highlights case studies where a lack of compliance and leadership led to tragic consequences and delves into how recommendations from the ISSG will help to avoid this in the future.
The paper also sets out the benefits of regulatory and legislative changes, such as Whole Life Costings, Environmental Product Declarations and improved competency criteria, and argues strongly that in order for prescribed changes to have any impact, there must also be a change in mind set when it comes to building safety.