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CROSS Safety Alert

Cladding - the case for improving inspection

Region: CROSS-UK Published: 1 May 2000


A review of SCOSS reports from 1977 - 2000 pointed up the problems relating to design and inspection of cladding, and the difficulties of changing bad and sometimes unsafe practice.

Over the years SCOSS has drawn attention to structures where the current level of inspections appears to be insufficient to identify emerging unsafe situations, or where there is a particular inspection difficulty.

The Committee once again lamented the lack of regulations to ensure that regular inspections in service are carried out. It suggested that the requirement for inspection should be stated on the health and safety file required by the CDM Regulations.

Note: this Safety Alert was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

Who should read this?

Owners, architects and designers, civil and structural engineers, maintenance staff, and those who inspect or maintain building structures that have cladding panels, made from materials such as stone, steel, aluminium, glass fibre and glazing.

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