An organisation which will certify the competency of individuals wanting to deliver the role of building safety manager (BSM) has been launched.
The Building Safety Alliance will be an independent industry led ‘not for profit’ organisation which will implement the certification of competency for those wanting to be building safety managers. The body will also deliver a publicly accessible register of those certified by the scheme.
In due course, the new Alliance will also work with others to evaluate how organisations who wish to deliver the function of the BSM can be assessed as having the organisational capability to do so and how to assist contractors and suppliers to higher risk buildings to deliver a competent workforce that understands how to ensure that residential buildings are safe for residents.
The Building Safety Alliance will play "an essential role in helping to improve the competence of those responsible for managing buildings so they can deliver safe homes for people". The Building Safety Bill, published on 5th July 2021, confirmed the new statutory role of the BSM, a concept first developed by Dame Judith Hackitt in her Review into building safety after the tragic Grenfell fire.
Anthony Taylor, interim chair of the Building Safety Alliance said: “I’m proud to continue to take forward and implement the recommendations from Working Group 8 (WG8) of the Competence Steering Group. When we were initially asked to develop the competence requirements for the new statutory role of BSM, we recognised that for the framework to work, we also needed to set up wider structures that would support the development of and drive for a recognised and uniform standard of competence.
“One of our key recommendations was the need for a register that would allow residents and accountable persons to check if the BSM for their building, meets the minimum competence requirements. Government is looking at Industry to deliver this, so we stepped forward with our wide consortium from across both the private and public sectors.”
Linda Hausmanis, chief executive of the IWFM said: “The Building Safety Alliance responds to the Government’s expectation that building safety managers will be certified. A register of certified building safety managers will provide confidence that those responsible for safe homes and sleeping accommodation can deliver to a national competence standard and are recognised as such. IWFM is proud to support Dame Judith Hackitt’s vision for culture change and driving competence, especially relating to this important new statutory role.”
Bob Smytherman, chairman of the Federation of Private Residents Associations (representing 1000’s of long -leaseholders across England & Wales) said: “Our leaseholder members will find themselves with new duties and responsibilities under the Building Safety Bill to ensure our buildings are as safe as possible. Our members will be looking to the building safety manager as the stakeholder responsible for the day-to day building safety management of our buildings.
“We have a crucial role to play in the Building Safety Alliance, to make sure building safety managers are not only competent but also understand the resident perspective when appointed to make our buildings safe. After all, these buildings are our homes and we pay the service charges.”
Image credit | Shutterstock