Building Safety Update

1 – New Guidance Published for Principal Accountable Persons (PAP)s and Accountable Persons (AP)s

The Building Safety Regulator (BSR) has published new guidance documents for Principal Accountable Persons (PAP)s and Accountable Persons (AP)s of high-rise buildings:

Provides detailed guidance on preparing and updating a Safety Case Report.

How to assess and manage building safety risks in high‐rise residential building.

Information on preparing and updating a Safety Case Report.

Sets out how to comply with legal duties.

2 – New Building Control Competency Assessment Scheme Approved

The BSR has approved the Building Control Competency Assessment (BCCA) scheme, provided by Total Training Development Ltd.

Competence assessments are the first step in becoming a registered building inspector. Under the Building Safety Act 2022 all building control professionals will need to be registered by April 2024 to continue working in the profession.

For further information regarding the BCCA, you can email:

3 – Memorandum of Understanding between the BSR and OPSS

The BSR and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-operate in areas relating to their regulatory responsibilities.

BSR and OPSS will have access to wide-ranging powers to regulate the safety of high-rise buildings and the construction products used within them respectively.

Read the full MoU here.

4 – The Building Advisory Committee – New members sought

The BSR is looking for an additional two people with expertise in the fields of net zero and inclusive design to join the Building Advisory Committee (BAC).

BAC was created in December 2022 to meet the requirements of the Building Safety Act 2022 and provides advice and information to the BSR on new and emerging issues across the built environment. BAC will also provide leadership across industry and drive change. BAC consists of a high-level steering group, underpinned by separate working groups focussing on specific areas of work. Members of BAC are drawn from many different parts of industry and have varied skills and expertise, including fire safety, structural safety, the construction industry, housing and building services engineering.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here. The closing date for applications is 11:55 pm on Sunday 15 October 2023.

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