The development of CROSS
is funded by the UK’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
CROSS is the safety reporting system funded and supported by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Health and Safety Executive.
Crucially CROSS allows construction industry professionals to flag safety issues confidentially - reflecting established aviation industry practice. Safety reports are then shared on the CROSS website to disseminate knowledge and help prevent future safety failures in the built environment.
The new CROSS website will streamline the processing of safety reports, help source more and higher quality reports, and provide a user friendly, modern website suited to the needs and expectations of construction industry stakeholders.
The project is based upon an extensive user research project involving desktop research, a stakeholder workshop, an online survey and in-person interviews spread across design, construction and building operations.
The new site will be launched in early 2021.
Expansion to fire safety
Confidential safety reporting is not yet established in the fire safety sector, and leaders in the field have welcomed the proposal to expand CROSS and provide an information gathering and analysis resource for their sector.