The newly appointed chief inspector of buildings for the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) has said he will shape “a world-class risk-based regulatory system for the safety and standards of buildings”.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed Peter Baker, the HSE’s current director of building safety and construction, as chief inspector of buildings to establish and lead the new building safety regulator (BSR).
The government asked the HSE to establish a new building safety regulator in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster and following recommendations in the Building a Safer Future report by Dame Judith Hackitt.
In his role, he will deliver the new regime for high-risk buildings, oversee work to increase the competence of all professionals working on buildings and ensure effective oversight of the entire building safety environment.
He will also be the first head of the building control profession, and lead the work to provide independent, expert advice to industry, government, landlords and residents on building safety, according to the HSE.
Baker said: “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.”
Baker has been at the HSE for over 30 years, holding several senior operational posts dealing with a range of industry sectors, including the role of HSE’s chief inspector of construction. Since 2017, he has led the HSE’s involvement in the government’s building safety programme.
HSE chair Sarah Newton said: “Peter has a long track record of working in partnership with industry and other regulators to bring about behavioural and culture change that improves people’s safety. His deep understanding of assessing and managing hazards and risk makes him ideally suited to shape and lead the implementation of the new building safety regime.”
Dame Judith, independent adviser to the government on building safety and chair of the transition board, said: “With his impressive background experience in regulating both major hazards industries and construction he brings a wealth of experience to this important new role.”
Lord Greenhalgh, minister for building safety, also welcomed the appointment, saying Baker would “ use his and HSE’s wealth of experience to implement a tougher regulatory regime”.