First observed in 1980, Building Safety Week annually raises public awareness of critical safety issues affecting every person, regardless of age or occupation. Among other things, these critical safety issues entail the structural soundness of the buildings where we live and work, the reliability of building fire protection and suppression systems, the effectiveness of plumbing and mechanical systems, as well as building energy efficiency and sustainability.
Department of Public Safety inspectors in concert with municipal building inspectors, plan reviewers and other building safety officials work to ensure the public safety in all structures in which we live, work, attend school, worship and play. These dedicated officials provide the first line of defense against building mishaps. They are silent but vigilant guardians who work daily to ensure safety in the built environment.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a member of the International Code Council (ICC). Educational materials are available for schools and the community at large through the ICC; for example, brochures about flood cleanup, mold prevention, green building and preparing for natural disasters. The public is encouraged to participate and learn more about the essential function of building safety authorities and about Building Safety Week (94kb) by visiting iccsafe.org.
Also, municipal authorities may wish to promote Building Safety Week in their own way. Please feel free to utilize the proclamation from Governor Patrick announcing the importance of Building Safety Week click here to view proclamation and the sample letter from me click here to view proclamation file size 1MB (1.25mb) and news release that may be modified and forwarded to local news outlets to help promote the importance of building safety click here for letter and news release (94kb) .
Thank you for your interest in and support of this important matter.
Thomas G. Gatzunis
Commissioner Department of Public Safety