As part of the changes set out in the Building Safety Bill, a new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) is created within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) with extensive new powers of regulation, inspection and enforcement.
The BSR will have new powers and responsibilities to ensure the safety of all buildings and will have additional responsibilities for higher-risk buildings. These additional powers apply not only to the design, construction and refurbishment of such buildings, but also to their ongoing safety management while they are occupied, so that residents are safe – and feel safe – in their homes.
It will be independent and give expert advice to local regulators, landlords and building owners, the construction and building design industry, and to residents.
The BSR will:
In preparation for the new Building Safety Regulator, housing associations will need to consider:
We are working with our members to prepare for these new requirements, and engaging with the government to share any concerns.