Last edited 01 Apr 2021

Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures UK



[edit] Introduction

Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures UK (CROSS-UK) is a collaborative body that compiles and publishes free safety information for built environment professionals. Formerly known as the Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety, CROSS was founded in 2002 as a system for the collation of data on matters of concern relating to structural safety.

[edit] Background

The establishment of the CROSS safety reporting system was based on work by the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS). In 2012, SCOSS and CROSS were officially aligned under the name Structural-Safety.

In 2018, CROSS was incorporated into the recommendations of the Hackitt report. The system was specifically mentioned under recommendation 1.4c, which states, ‘For all other buildings, the current CROSS scheme should be extended and strengthened to cover all engineering safety concerns and should be subject to formal review and reporting at least annually.’

After discussions between Structural-Safety and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), funding for CROSS-UK was increased in 2020 to include fire safety in compliance with the aforementioned recommendations in the report. The CROSS system expanded in 2021 to include structural safety as well as fire safety and all three entities - Structural-Safety, SCOSS and CROSS - are united to operate under a new name, Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

[edit] Importance of safety reporting

The new name for the organisation is meant to illustrate the connection and to respond to the overlap - both professional and physical - between structural safety and fire safety. CROSS will continue to provide built environment professionals with the opportunity to act as whistle blowers when they witness either type of safety issue.

The information collected in the reports is confidential, but it is shared with a panel of expert volunteers who review and comment on findings to provide additional insight into incidents. In addition to educating others about the importance of identifying and relaying structural safety issues and building incidents (such as near misses), reports are intended to:

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