HSE announces new Chief Inspector of Buildings

The HSE has announced the appointment of a new Chief Inspector of Buildings to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) in HSE.
Peter Baker, HSE’s current Director of Building Safety and Construction, will take up the post with immediate effect.

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, HSE was asked by the Government to establish a new building safety regulator, following recommendations in the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report by Dame Judith Hackitt.

I am honoured to be appointed as the first Chief Inspector of Buildings and for the opportunity to play a lead role in bringing about the biggest change in building safety for a generation. I look forward to working with government, industry, partner regulators and residents to shape and deliver a world-class risk-based regulatory system for the safety and standards of buildings that residents can have confidence in and that we can all be proud of.

Peter Baker - Chief Inspector of Buildings - Health & Safety Executive

Once established, the new regulator will oversee the safe design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings so that residents are safe and feel safe. The BSR will be independent and evidence-led, and will work with local regulators, landlords and building owners, the construction and building design industry, and residents. It will also have legal powers to deal with serious risks and to hold duty holders to account for failing to manage and control building safety risks.
Sarah Jardine, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction, will work closely with Peter and continue the focus on driving down the number and rate of fatal incidents, work-related injury and ill health in the high-risk construction industry.