The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 58 (1980) > Issues > Issue 4 > Institution Statement on Building Regulation Policy
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Institution Statement on Building Regulation Policy

The risks to human life in buildings arising from structural inadequacy are very low, especially compared with those now accepted in other fields such as transport. Nonetheless, the Institution supports the philosophy underlying the Building Regulations which were framed as part of successive Public Health Acts, i.e. the maintenance of health and safety for the public. This report deals with the structural engineering aspects of the Building Regulations and also with the broader question of building control as it affects the structural engineer. The present position is that building control is vested in the State acting through the local authorities. Recently, the Secretary of State has postulated that responsibility for structural safety should be returned to the developer and any subsequent owner, who would be required to assume this responsibility by means of any necessary insurance against third-party claims on matters relating to public health and safety.