The Building Safety Alliance, an independent industry led not for profit organisation, has been set up to provide certification for competent individuals wishing to become building safety managers, as well as a publicly accessible register of those certified by the scheme.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy brought to the fore how the safety of all buildings needs to be ensured. Recognising the role they play in delivering safe buildings, representatives of both the public and private sector have come together to deliver the change in culture needed and the uniform standard of competence that residents should expect from those responsible for their safety.
The Building Safety Alliance will deliver initially two functions:
- the certification of individual building safety managers (BSMs) or nominated individuals within the BSM (organisation) (both referred to as BSMs here); and
- a publicly accessible register of those certified by the scheme.
In due course, they will also work with others to evaluate how organisations who wish to deliver the function of the BSM can be assessed as having the organisational capability to do so and how to assist contractors and suppliers to higher risk buildings to deliver a competent workforce that understands how to ensure that residential buildings are safe for residents.
The Building Safety Bill, published on 5 July 2021, confirmed the new statutory role of the BSM, a concept first developed by Dame Judith Hackitt in her Review.
For information on the Building Safety Alliance, visit: https://buildingsafetyalliance.org.uk/what-is-the-building-safety-alliance