Building safety regulator leads ‘culture of higher standards’

The new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) has published its first three-year strategic plan in which it sets out how it plans to oversee a “culture of higher standards” in building health and safety.

The Building Safety Regulator aims to oversee a culture of higher standards in building safetyThe new independent regulator was created by the Building Safety Act 2022 and is part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

It has been established to help raise building safety and performance standards across all types of buildings in Britain, increase the competence of relevant regulators and industry professionals, and introduce a new stringent regime for high-rise residential buildings.

Change in building safety culture and behaviours needed

In its first three-year strategic plan, the BSR has outlined its plans to promote a “critical change in culture and behaviours” across building safety.

The plan sets out their vision to establish a built environment in which all workers are competent and everyone takes responsibility to ensure buildings are of a high quality and are safe.

The Building Safety Regulator has published its first three year strategy outlining how it will raise building safety standardsThe HSE says that the formation of the BSR marks “the most significant change to regulation of building safety for a generation.”

It will provide assurance to residents and other building users that the building industry is working together to ensure that the tragedies of the past will never be repeated.

The Building Safety Regulator has been established to:

  • Improve the safety and drive up the standards of all buildings
  • Make sure the residents of higher-risk buildings are safe and feel safe in their homes
  • Help restore public trust in the built environment sector

The regulator has said it intends to do this by delivering consistent high standards within the building control profession and driving improvements across the whole built environment. The BSR will also be responsible for regulating the planning, design and construction of new higher-risk buildings and ensuring those who are responsible for occupied higher risk buildings mange risks to keep residents safe.

Putting building safety first

Working in partnership with co-regulators is key to ensuring building safety, now and in the future.

HSE’s Director of Building Safety, Philip White, commented:

“This strategic plan sets out the guiding principles we have put in place to keep us focused on our priorities in delivering the new regime, and we will keep it under continuous review. We will ensure we have the right capability and capacity to meet this challenge as our remit continues to evolve, working with others sharing knowledge, expertise, and data.

“Our focus is clear and resolute as we oversee a culture of higher standards, putting building safety first. Our regulatory activities will be conducted in a way which is transparent, accountable, proportionate, and consistent.

“Throughout the next three years, BSR will continue to work across all sectors to ensure that those working in the building sector engage fully with the new regime. Our aim is that people will see fundamental changes to the safety and standard of all buildings and increased competency among industry professionals that raises those standards year on year.”

Meanwhile, the Chair of the HSE, Sarah Newton, added that the BSR’s new three-year strategy was a “strong, coherent strategy” that had been “built on collaboration with all BSR’s stakeholders, with a keen focus on ensuring industry takes ownership and responsibility for delivering a safe system throughout the life cycle of a building.”

She added:

“This must be front of mind for everyone. And everyone must be aware of their legal responsibilities. Collaboration and collective responsibility are key for delivering better standards.”

The BSR’s Strategic Plan for 2023-2026 can be viewed online at the HSE’s website.

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