4. Update on Building Safety Quality in Construction
The Building Safety Bill has started its journey in Parliament, proposing changes to the building safety law by placing new duties on those responsible for the safety of high-rise residential buildings. For those interested, there are two consultations out on the Building Safety Levy and the Building Safety Bill.
Last week’s Newsnight programme focused on the UK’s building safety crisis, highlighting the human consequences of the failures of quality and building safety that have blighted our industry. We responded to the episode last week with our own thoughts on the matter which you can read here.
This week the Health & Safety Executive published ‘Safety case principles for high-rise residential buildings’ which is an important step in the new building safety regime as it sets out some early key messages for those responsible in ensuring building safety standards. (Read the published document here).
Quality & Safety Training
CIOB have continued to maintain its focus on quality as industry faces crucial change with the planned implementation of the Bill. In previous editions of the newsletter, we have provided readers with an update on the work of CIOB’s Quality Implementation Group (QIG) and the Building Safety Bill itself. However, it would be remiss of us not to mention the training we have developed to help members and those working in the industry improve on their knowledge of quality and prepare for the new dutyholder roles.
CIOB have continued to develop new training to meet the requirements of the upcoming Building Safety Act. We have already launched a one-day ‘Site Management – Quality Fundamentals’ training course, developed by the CIOB Academy in collaboration with Martin McCabe, as well as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Quality Management which has attracted almost 3,000 participants.
Earlier this year we launched a Level 6 Certificate in Fire Safety in Construction and a Level 6 Diploma in Building Safety Management, recognising the need for training for those undertaking the new dutyholder roles.
Furthermore, we are planning to develop further training courses for the other dutyholder roles under the Building Safety Act, such as the principal designer and principal contractor roles. The training will be aligned with the work that is being undertaken by the BSI Built Environment Competence Standards (BECS) strategy group to develop Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) for these roles.