New register for building safety managers
The Building Safety Alliance has launched a new, publicly accessible register for building safety managers.
The body will deliver two primary functions: the certification of individual BSMs, and a publicly available register of those certified by the scheme.
Construction Manager reports that the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is overseeing the translation of the Competence Framework developed by Working Group 8 (one of the sub groups created to develop a competence framework for building safety managers) into a Publicly Available Specification (PAS). Once finalised, this PAS 8673 will be the standard to which the Building Safety Alliance will certify candidate BSMs against, before allowing them onto the Register.
The statutory role of the BSM was ratified in the Building Safety Bill, which was published in July 2021.
Anthony Taylor, interim chair of the Building Safety Alliance, said to Construction Manager: “I’m proud to continue to take forward and implement the recommendations from Working Group 8 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.”