Building safety reforms: HSE now the new Building Safety Regulator

June 23, 2022

The government is introducing new building safety reforms in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. As part of these reforms, the HSE is now the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

Building control professionals and private sector building control organisations will have to register with BSR. Registration will open October 2023.

BSR will expect professionals and organisations to demonstrate their competence to accept them onto the register.

The HSE is currently working on what those competences will be and how people will have to show the right skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours to get onto the register.

As yet, the HSE report that no decisions have been made about the competences or how people can demonstrate them. Options that are being considered include (and could possibly be a combination of) the following:

•  completing the Building Safety Competence Foundation assessment

•  academic qualifications

•  NVQs

•  experience on the job.

The HSE expects that building professionals will need continued professional development (CPD) to maintain their future registrations.

As part of the development work, the HSE have published drafts of some of its registration products. These will be developed further over the next few months, in close consultation with stakeholders. There will also be a public consultation on them in summer 2022. The products are as follows:

Professional conduct rules (draft)

Mandatory standards of conduct and behaviour that registered building control approvers (RBCAs) will have to adhere to.

Code of conduct (draft)

Mandatory standards of conduct and behaviour that registered building inspectors (RBIs) will have to adhere to.

Building inspector competency framework (BICoF) (draft)

The building inspector competency framework (BICoF) sets out the competencies that building inspectors will have to show to get onto the register.

 

This is valid as of 23rd June 2022.

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