The Health & Safety Executive has published a toolkit for building owners and managers to prepare for the changes in the law for building safety.
The law relating to building safety in England is changing and proposed reforms currently making their way through Parliament will introduce a safety case regime. This will mean new roles and responsibilities for high-rise residential building owners and managers, including accountable persons (AP) and building safety managers (BSM).
Building on the safety case principles published last year, the HSE says it has continued its work with partners in the public and private sector to develop information that will form a toolkit for building owners and managers.
The first part of this toolkit is a short summary of the key things owners and managers can do to prepare. It’s intended to be “a quick read to help people and organisations to understand what they can do”.
In the coming months, this will be followed by further information that builds on the safety case principles from last year. This will include new material that the HSE has introduced following suggestions and comments received from early adopters, private landlords, social housing providers, and other industry consultees.
Tim Galloway, deputy director of the Building Safety Programme at HSE, encouraged organisations and people to start preparing. He said: “I am really pleased that we’ve published this information in such a digestible form. I want to thank all our partners for their invaluable contribution. We all want safe buildings and I would encourage building owners to start their preparations for the new regime now rather than wait for all the details to be developed. I think the existing principles, this headline document and the further information to come will really help.”
HSE has now published this headline document here.
Read more about safety cases and safety case reports here.