1. Overview

If you are responsible for an occupied high-rise residential building, a safety management system (SMS) is a formal framework that can help you manage building safety risks. For this purpose, we define a building safety risk as the spread of fire, or structural failure.

Your SMS should be proportionate to the hazards of your building, based on an in-occupation risk assessment. How complex your SMS is will depend on the size of your organisation and the number of buildings it manages.

Review your SMS regularly. Buildings change through age and refurbishment. This can change the safety risks you manage through your SMS.

The following pages tell you more about safety management systems and explain how to put one in place.

Updated 2022-06-22