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    RAISING COMPETENCE AND MAKING BUILDINGS SAFER

    Life-safety-critical disciplines urged to act on Interim Report

    The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has highlighted publication (16th August 2019) of a radical and wide-ranging set of measures to improve the competence of those who design, construct, inspect, maintain and operate higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs) and make them safer for the public.

    The measures are set out by a cross-industries group backed by Government, the Industry Safety Steering Group and Dame Judith Hackitt.

    The measures are being proposed by the Competence Steering Group (CSG), set up by the Industry Response Group (IRG) to tackle competency failings identified in the Hackitt Review following the Grenfell Tower fire.

    Paradigm change expected

    The CSG has brought together more than 150 institutions and associations across the full spectrum of construction, built environment, fire safety and building owner/manager sectors; all working towards the common purpose of raising competences to improve life safety.

    In launching the Interim Report – Raising the Bar – Graham Watts, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council and Chairman of the CSG, said:

    “It is clear that industry organisations have accepted the need to change. The working groups are proposing to raise the bar through a more rigorous approach, including training, assessment, reassessment and third-party accreditation.

    Combined with a new oversight layer, we think adopting our measures will result in a paradigm change to improve competence and industry culture.”

    The CSG is urging all life-safety-critical disciplines working on HRRBs, including designers, engineers, building standards officers, site supervisors, fire safety enforcement officers and fire risk officials, to adopt the measures.

    The interim report is published for wide consultation, ending on 18 October 2019, following which a final report will be issued. An Executive Summary is available.

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