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Funding sets confidential reporting scheme rolling


THE LONG-AWAITED construction industry confidential reporting scheme is finally to begin a 12 month trial next summer, NCE has learned.

The Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) has confirmed that funding has been agreed with the ICE, IStructE and the Health & Safety Executive, plus the Department of Trade & Industry and the Scottish Executive.

Other big names backing the study include the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Office for Government Commerce, Constructing Excellence, the Construction Industry Council and the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE).

Two years ago SCOSS drew up detailed proposals, but putting the funding package together and finalising the terms of reference has taken a long time to sort out.

The objective of the study is to 'collate data on matters of concern relating to structural safety', and 'to change the culture within the construction industry in order to impact positively on safety'.

Other sectors such as air transport and the railways already have similar schemes in operation. SCOSS has been calling for a construction industry version for many years, and NCE promoted and contributed to the early development of what it dubbed CROSS - Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (NCE 2 July 1998).

SCOSS still uses the CROSS name, but now it stands for Confidential Reporting on Matters of Structural Safety.

SCOSS hopes to appoint a part-time scheme director to oversee the pilot in the New Year.

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