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Sweco welcomes the focus on competency in the government’s draft Building Safety Bill

Sweco welcomes the focus on competency in the government’s draft Building Safety Bill - News - MLM

Sweco’s Building Standards experts have welcomed the government’s decision to introduce a competency framework in the draft Building Safety Bill as well as plans to deliver greater levels of safety and public confidence in relation to higher-risk buildings.

Speaking of the industry-wide changes, Sweco’s Head of Building Standards, Paul Eggleton said, “As the only Approved Inspector to offer ISO 17020 accreditation, Sweco is in a unique position to help clients under this new bill. With this accreditation, our advisors and duty holders can provide validation and verification activities for work in all sectors including high rise buildings. We can also draw upon the experience of our assigned certifiers in Ireland who work within a similar system, as well as the expertise of our health and safety team, in delivering the best advice to our clients.”

Building Control Director Dale Anderson added that “the ISO 17020 standard for impartiality will provide clients with the confidence that we can support them in the new ‘client advisor’ role or as a registered competent Building Control Body. However, Sweco is not stopping there as our Building Control service is currently exploring with ANAB how we can independently verify our surveyors’ competence levels.

On 20 July, the government published the draft Building Safety Bill, which provides the framework for a new regulatory regime for building safety, drawing on the findings of the Hackitt Review, which was established following the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017.

 

 

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