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  • The Building Safety Alliance, a collaborative effort uniting leading industry figures, associations, and bodies, has announced the publication of two pivotal documents aimed at bolstering competence standards and fostering the recruitment of qualified professionals within the residential occupied sector.

    The newly unveiled documents, BSAS 01:2024 Organisational Capability Management System Standard and Guidelines outlining competence expectations for stakeholders involved in specifying, procuring, and managing services for occupied high-rise and higher-risk residential buildings, serve as essential resources for organisations seeking to enhance competence within their building safety functions. These initiatives align with the imperative of meeting the requirements set by the new building safety regime and its regulations pertaining to competence.

    The Standard will next become part of the British Standards Institute (BSI) standards development process, towards a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) or full British Standard (BS). Both documents are available free of charge - anyone interested in the Standard, will be engaged in a feedback process:

    To request a ccopy of the Organisation Capability Standard CLICK HERE
    To request a copy of the  Guidelines for Competence CLICK HERE

    • Building Safety Regulator
    • Regulations and Guidance
  • The review of building safety and regulations that followed the Grenfell Tower fire highlighted a fragmented approach to - and a lack of consistency in - the processes and standards for assuring the competence of those working on buildings as a major flaw in the regulatory system.To meet that challenge, the Competence Steering Group (CSG) published ‘Raising the Bar’ (later updated as ‘Setting the Bar’), which included creating a suite of national standards and supporting documents in its 67 recommendations.

    BSI, supported by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, is leading an industry-driven standards programme to raise the standards of competence across the built environment and improve the safety of residents and the workforce.

    The standards will make it easier for different parts of the built environment industry to work together by establishing agreed core principles, terminology, and requirements on competence, providing a shared understanding of roles along the delivery supply chain.They will also provide a bridge to wider competence requirements being developed for the professional, technical and artisanal skills of those working in the built environment, raising the quality of work, the behaviour and the culture of individuals working in the built environment.

    Read more here

    • Building Safety Regulator
    • BSI Flex 8670 & PAS 8673
  • The British Standards Institution has published three new competence standards for roles responsible for safety management in the built environment. These include the PAS 8673, which sets out competence requirements for the management of safety in residential buildings.

    The PAS 8673 had originally been intended to set out competence requirements for the Building Safety Manager role in the higher-risk regime in the Building Safety Act. The standard now sets out competence requirements for safety management in the occupation phase of a higher-risk building, against which dutyholders can assess all people performing necessary tasks in higher-risk buildings.

    It can also be used to guide and assess how well dutyholders and those delegating functions to others have carried out due diligence to verify the competence of those they employ or contract. The Building Safety Act sets out requirements relating to ensuring competence, for those commissioning building work that requires regulatory sign off on any building, and not just those that are defined as higher-risk. 

    You can read more information and request a copy of the PAS 8673 Standards here.

    • Building Safety Regulator
    • BSI Flex 8670 & PAS 8673