FIRE speaks to Neil Gibbins, one of the leading lights behind a confidential reporting and learning service for fire safety issues.
The roots of CROSS lead back to the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS). Formed in 1976, under the auspices of the Institute of Structural Engineers and the Institute of Civil Engineers, SCOSS brought together the leading minds in the structural safety profession.
In 2006, SCOSS identified the role for a confidential reporting process to help improve knowledge and safety; this led to the creation of CROSS, ‘Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety’. In March 2021, SCOSS and CROSS were integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS), reflecting the wider scope including fire safety and now includes the participation of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
The recent changes all started with Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future report. She recommended that the CROSS scheme should be extended and strengthened to cover all engineering safety concerns, including fire safety.
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