Planning marks month of building safety

| 07/05/2018
CNS Local Life

Collapsed scaffolding by Anderson Square in 2010

(CNS Local Life): For the first time, the Department of Planning will be observing Building Safety Month, under the theme “Building Codes Save Lives”, which will include a public awareness campaign throughout May developed by the International Code Council (ICC), an association affiliated with the department. The purpose of the campaign is to help the public better understand what it takes to create safe structures, and why the adoption of modern, regularly updated building codes is important.

“Cayman’s infrastructure is truly among the best in our region, and so much of that is a credit to our Building Codes,” said Director of Planning Haroon Pandohie, in a press release. “That’s a big part of why we wanted to observe Building Safety Month; we want to take this opportunity to educate the public about the importance of our buildings codes.”

In addition to educating the public on the importance of building codes, the department also aims to help the public better understand what Planning does, its process and structure, and how customers can have a better experience working with it.

Throughout the month, the department will share helpful information on both the government’s and the Ministry of Planning’s social media pages. Additionally, the department will host an information booth at A.L. Thompson’s on Saturday, 26 May, where the public can meet with and ask questions of Planning staff. The booth will also feature giveaways, and prizes for children who complete an activity worksheet.

Following the growth of the financial services and tourism sector, and its accompanying construction boom in the 1970s, the Department of Planning began the process of developing a Building Code for the Cayman Islands in the 1980s. In 1991 the Building Code was accepted as a working document and tabled in the Legislative Assembly to strengthen development requirements.

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