In terms of health and safety issues, Shard did and continues to face some challenges. Now while the Southwark council was very receptive of the Shard knowing the kind of businesses that it could bring to the locality and the economic boost that it could give, there were still issues in the granting of permission. For instance, the deputy prime minister during 2002 revoked the original planning permission. He stated that it was necessary to have a public inquiry in order to understand the issues that could develop because of the Shard and also how it could affect people and buildings in its vicinity.
Secondly, during 2013, the green peace activists who entered Shard tried to climb it. They tried arguing they were experienced climbers, and created some chaos at the time. It was necessary for the Shard staff to work with them and advise them as to their safety. The Shard’s observatory also had to be closed at about that point. The women activists were arrested for trespassing. However, the situation remains that they had access to the base and could have still carried out the climb. Such safety issues have to be handled well by the Shard.