Buildings: Safety

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 20th December 2021.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood National campaign co-ordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what training and qualification requirements building safety managers will need.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to support building safety managers to access ongoing training to ensure their knowledge base is up to date.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of (a) the training support and guidance that building safety managers will need and (b) the cost of that training support and guidance.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

To ensure a robust and consistent approach to assuring competence, we are sponsoring the British Standards Institution to create a suite of national competence standards for higher risk buildings. This will include the competence framework for the Building Safety Manager and other key roles

It is important that industry takes ownership of improving competence to ensure change is meaningful and sustained. Industry is best placed to ensure supply of Building Safety Managers can meet demand and is already leading the work to develop the competence framework for Building Safety Managers. We fully support these efforts

The Government intends to provide statutory guidance to support how the competence of the Building Safety Manager is assessed and assured. We expect that statutory guidance would provide examples of how the Building Safety Manager might meet the competence requirements, making reference to the Publicly Available Specification and, if sufficiently robust, accredited industry-run registers.

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