Made in Britain has today joined the Safer Structures Campaign to urge the Government to raise the safety standards of cables in homes and buildings across the country to prevent the spread of fire in an emergency.
Made in Britain, an organisation that aims to bring together the entire manufacturing community in Britain, has long championed quality assurance and product safety.
The support follows the appointment of a new Housing Minister at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Kit Malthouse MP will be responsible for building regulations and safety, as well as the Government’s response to the Hackitt Review. The Safer Structures Campaign, recently backed by Electrical Safety First and now backed by Made in Britain, is urging the new minister to open a formal consultation on cable standards and fire safety, with a view to improving standards.
Maurizio Bragagni, Chair of the Safer Structures Campaign, and CEO of Tratos UK, said:
“Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, a disaster which stunned the nation with a shocking failure in building safety, I decided it was time to take action, and to campaign for a level playing field in the cable market to ensure standards are strengthened to improve fire safety.
“The Safer Structures Campaign – a campaign seeking to raise cable standards across the UK – was then born. The campaign brings together those supporting strengthened cable standards and better fire safety from across industry, and wants to work with the UK Government to introduce a higher minimum standard of cable classification, equivalent to Euro Class Cca, to ensure a limited fire growth rate from cables in an emergency.”
John Pearce, CEO, Made in Britain, said:
“As an organisation whose 1000 members all champion quality assurance and product safety standards in British manufacturing, we are proud to offer our support to the Safer Structures Campaign. Like all our members in the construction and infrastructure sectors, Tratos are setting exemplary standards of compliance and accreditation. We want to encourage Government, Local Authorities and procurement specialists in the private sector to always consider British-made first for exactly these reasons. A Government review of the evidence around weak cable standards in the UK and a consultation will give the UK the opportunity to ensure that cable regulations are up there with the safest in the world.”