New roles and responsibilities
The Building Safety Bill is making its way through Parliament. As it passes, we will get a clearer idea of what it might mean to the building safety reforms. We will share information as we learn more.
The building safety reforms give dutyholders clear accountability and statutory responsibilities. These apply while buildings are being designed, built, refurbished and occupied.
Principal accountable person or accountable person
These will be the dutyholders for residential high-rise buildings once completed.
The bill introduces an ongoing duty for each high-rise building. Dutyholders will need to:
- assess the building safety risk relating to the parts of the building for which they are responsible
- take all reasonable steps to reduce the likelihood of fire spread or structural failure
- limit the effect of any fire spread or structural failure on people in or around the building
- appoint a building safety manager
Building safety manager
The building safety manager will need to carry out the day to day functions that make sure the building is managed safely. They will be expected to encourage openness and trust, and work with residents to keep the building safe.
Existing roles with new responsibilities
During design and construction
Existing dutyholders under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 will have new duties. These dutyholders are clients, designers, principal designers, contractors and principal contractors. Their new duties will be to:
their activities in relation to building regulations.
The dutyholders will keep their existing duties, including:
- co-operating with other dutyholders
- communicating and sharing information
- co-ordinating and putting systems in place to plan and manage work
- ensuring competence: appointing people with the right skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours for the work they need to do
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