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05 May 20211 minute read

BSI publishes new competence criteria

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BSI publishes new competence criteria

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has published a new set of competence criteria for everyone working on a building.

The new code of practice, named BSI Flex 8670 v3.0 Built environment – Core criteria for building safety in competence frameworks – Code of practice, sets the core criteria for building safety competence, including fire safety, structural safety and public health for all individuals working in the built environment.

Mike Smith, ECA’s Technical Director, said, “For there to be consistency over such a wide industry with such a huge array of specialist fields and traditional trades, it was clear some guidance would be needed, as well as a national standard, so that those within our industry developing, managing or training for competency frameworks would have a benchmark against which to measure or assess their effectiveness.”

Scott Steedman, director general of standards at BSI, said in Construction Manager, “Dame Judith Hackitt’s report ‘Building a Safer Future’ called on industry to change its culture “to support the delivery of buildings that are safe, both now and in the future”. The new code of practice, published as part of BSI’s Built Environment Competence programme, provides an agreed, common approach for industry to embed building safety competence at all levels and across all roles, functions, tasks and activities."