The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has proposed augmenting the Joint Competent Authority set out in the Hackitt Review with a new Building Standards Agency to act as guardian of professional “competence” in fire safety. In its response to the review’s final report, the CIC – representing 500,000 professional through its member organisations – says that the new agency would be responsible for a number of measures recommended by Hackitt, including setting competency standards for local authority and private building control professionals.
But while “high risk residential buildings” would be subject to additional checks, the Building Standards Agency would protect and raise standards across all building types.
The CIC is also a member of a Steering Group on Competencies for Building a Safer Future, part of the Industry Response Group reporting to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MCHLG). The Steering Group has been tasked with making quarterly reports to MCHLG on plans to respond to the Hackitt Review’s demands on raising competence “across the commissioning, design, construction, refurbishment, maintenance and management of higher risk residential buildings”.
The CIC report follows calls from MPs on the Local Government and Communities Select Committee to widen the scope of the Hackitt Review reforms.
Source: Health & Safety at Work Magazine – September 2018