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The Building Safety Manager Role Explained

 
    

What Is the Role of a Building Safety Manager?

The main role of the Building Safety Manager is to oversee the planning, managing and monitoring of activity required within the building. This will involve several key duties. These include:

  • Designing and implementing an appropriate inspection regime for the building. This inspection regime will ensure the operation and occupancy are compliant with the Building Safety Bill.
  • The Building Safety Manager will also oversee the building’s risk assessment. They’ll be responsible for notifying the Accountable Person if sections of the risk assessment are no longer valid or need to be updated.
  • In addition to monitoring the risk assessment, they’ll also need to work with the Responsible Person to ensure it’s carried out regularly.
  • Once the risk assessment has been carried out, the Building Safety Manager will oversee that any appropriate repairs and planned maintenance on the property are completed.
  • They will need to ensure any contractors appointed are competent and work is carried out using the correct material in a workmanlike manner.
  • The Building Safety Manager will also need to work closely with the Responsible Persons to implement and coordinate the emergency evacuation of the building.
  • This will involve engaging residents in the safe management of their building through a Resident Engagement Strategy that includes routes of escalation for resident concerns and complaints relating to safety.
  • In line with the ‘golden thread of information’ explained in the Building Safety Bill, the Building Safety Manager will have a duty to ensure all building, maintenance and compliance safety information is up to date and stored correctly on systems.

To learn more about the role of the Building Safety Manager and what’s expected of this role, have a read of our insightful resource.

             

Who Does the Building Safety Manager Report To?

The new management duties outlined in the Bill state the maintenance of fire and structural safety of higher-risk buildings sit firmly with the Accountable Person.

They will ultimately be responsible for the building’s safety compliance and making sure it’s safe for residents to live in. The Building Safety Manager will carry out the duties mentioned above to ensure this happens.

Once the Bill comes into force, the Accountable Person for the building will have their own responsibilities. These include:

  • An ongoing commitment to assessing building safety risks, taking all reasonable steps to prevent the occurrence of a major incident in the building as a result of these risks.
  • Providing a ‘Safety Case Report’ to demonstrate how building safety risks are being identified, mitigated and managed on an ongoing basis.

The Accountable Person will need to work closely with the Building Safety Manager to carry out these duties. The Building Safety Manager could be described as the ‘ears on the ground’.

This means they will most likely have better oversight of the building’s safety, whether compliance is being met and what type of work needs doing throughout the year.

You may decide to employ other Responsible Persons to manage the building’s safety too. This can include occupiers or other employees who work at the high-risk building. 

The key is the Building Safety Manager is competent and will operate with confidence. They’ll play an essential role in maintaining the safety and compliance of their buildings, helping the Accountable Person comply with their duties.

 

What Should You Look Out For When Appointing a Building Safety Manager?

First and foremost, you’ll need to employ a Building Safety Manager you can trust. They’ll need to be clued up on what’s included in the Building Safety Bill and have experience in managing building safety compliance.

This is a very serious matter. Anyone who doesn’t operate in line with the regulations set out in the Bill can be imposed with tough criminal sanctions.

With this in mind, there are some factors to consider when appointing a Building Safety Manager for your premises. These include:

  • Make sure the Building Safety Manager can undertake several building safety-related disciplines. These include fire risk assessing, auditing, managing building information safely and engaging with residents. They should know about fire safety and its role in managing building compliance.
  • The Building Safety Manager will need to offer a lot of support to the Accountable Person so they can comply with their duties. Therefore, they should provide support when developing reports, addressing key risks on the premises and managing the resident engagement strategy.
  • They’ll also need to use technology and maintain the ‘golden thread of information’. This includes storing data correctly, running reports through a centralised platform and scheduling inspections from contractors.

Appointing a Building Safety Manager is one crucial factor outlined in the Building Safety Bill. To help you learn about the Bill in more detail and how you can be prepared, we’ve created an in-depth resource.

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