Ended with Response
Ended with Response

Grenfell Tower fire Public Inquiry Terms of Reference

About this consultation

The scope of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry will be fixed by its Terms of Reference, which the Inquiry Team is now consulting on. It has outlined a non-exhaustive list of areas it may cover. It aims to ascertain the causes of the tragedy and ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt.


To do this, the Inquiry Team says it needs to examine all relevant circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower, its spread to the whole of the building and its effect on residents.

The Inquiry Team explains that this full examination means looking at circumstances well beyond the design, construction and modification of the building itself and at the role of relevant public authorities and contractors and the broader implications of the fire for the adequacy and enforcement of relevant regulations. And it also says that this means looking at the arrangements in place locally for handling emergencies of this sort and the handling of concerns previously expressed by local residents.

The Inquiry will report in two phases, with an interim report being published as quickly as possible. The Inquiry Team also explain that the Terms of Reference can, on the recommendation of the Chair, be varied by the Prime Minister during the course of the Inquiry if it appears necessary to do so.

Proposed changes

There was a very limited time frame and so insufficient time to conduct our usual consultation. IOSH worked with members of the IOSH Council, Board of Trustees and Fire Risk Management Group to agree an IOSH submission.

Consultation questions

Among other areas, the Inquiry is keen to hear views on the following topics:

  1. What do you think the Inquiry should cover?
  2. Is there any type of evidence that you think is essential for the Inquiry to obtain?
  3. What should be left for the main report, so the interim report can be published quickly?