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Building Safety Alliance LaunchedAugust 2021

The Building Safety Alliance has been created recently to promote culture change and drive competence for those that are managing buildings and are responsible for giving residents safe homes. 

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. It is being set up as a not-for-profit organisation.

 The Building Safety Alliance will deliver initially two functions:

  • The certification of individuals wishing to deliver the role of BSM as an individual and those individuals wishing to act as a nominated individual for organisations delivering the BSM function; and
  • A publicly accessible register of those certified by the scheme.

What is the Building Safety Manager?

The concept of the Building Safety Manager (BSM) first featured in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. She wanted to make sure there was a clearly and identifiable person who was responsible for the day-to-day management of a building and who act as the point of contact for residents.

The Building Safety Bill published on 5th July, outlined the “building safety manager” as a person appointed by the principal accountable person for a higher-risk building to carry out such duties relating to the planning, managing and monitoring of Part 4 functions as may be specified in the appointment (the “BSM duties”)

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