Under a new regime, the new building safety regulator will be responsible for assisting and encouraging the competence of those who manage buildings, says the government.
The government has agreed with a number of recommendations from a select committee about how the new regulatory process detailed in the building safety bill will operate. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft bill which the government has now responded to.
Although it will ensure that those who manage buildings are competent (the government has also said it could have a register of competent building safety managers), it says that “it is important that industry takes ownership of improving competence to ensure change is meaningful and sustained”.
The government has said it will continue to work with the insurance industry to make sure that professional indemnity insurance is available to building safety managers. It said: “We will remove statutory duties on the building safety manager, vesting responsibility – and accountability – for the building safety duties solely on the Accountable Person. The Accountable Person will, instead, be assisted by the building safety manager. This should go some way to clearly delineating the role of the building safety manager as far as professional indemnity insurance is concerned.”
The government added that it had sought “to make it clear that the duties set out in part 4 of the draft bill sit firmly on the Accountable Person”.
It said that there is “a requirement on the Accountable Person to appoint a competent building safety manager to assist the Accountable Person, with the day to day management and processes as the Accountable Person regards as necessary to fulfil its Part 4 obligations”.
The government will produce guidance to assist the accountable person in meeting his or her responsibilities, with complementary best practice guidance on the operationalisation of that support role by the building safety manager, it said.