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The Building Safety Act 2022: A Comprehensive Guide

The Building Safety Act 2022, enforced as of April 1, 2023, seeks to make sweeping reforms in building safety laws, a move that has been long overdue since before the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

The legislation, influenced by the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt's 2018 review, represents a part of the government's multi-faceted strategy to enhance Building Safety, alongside other enactments like the Fire Safety Act 2021.

Key Focus Areas of the Building Safety Act 2022

1. Universal safety and standards for all buildings.

2. Enhanced safety for higher-risk buildings during construction and occupation.

3. Skill development for those responsible for high-risk buildings.

4. Clearer guidelines and standards.

5. Prioritizing resident safety in the new building safety ecosystem.

Who is Affected?

The act impacts building owners, managers, and professionals in the construction industry, including those who design, construct, and oversee building projects.

Essential Takeaways

- The act applies to new and existing buildings over 18 meters or seven stories high with at least two residential units, as well as qualifying care homes and hospitals.

- A significant cultural and responsibility shift within the building industry.

- More effective regulatory framework with clear standards.

- New roles: Building Safety Regulator (BSR) and Accountable Person(s).

The New Roles

The act introduces two key roles: the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) and the Accountable Person.

1. **Building Safety Regulator (BSR)**: Responsible for supervising all building safety systems, they have the authority to enforce rules and implement stringent measures for high-risk properties.

- **BSR Functions**:

1. Supervise safety across all buildings.

2. Enhance industry competence.

3. Lead the new regulatory regime for high-risk buildings.

2. **Accountable Person**: This role, which may belong to the building owner, freeholder, or management company, necessitates continuous risk assessment and the preparation of a Safety Case Report.

Why is This Important?

The act's scope extends beyond tall buildings, making the BSR accountable for setting building standards across the sector. New sanctions for non-compliance include up to two years in prison and unlimited fines.

When Does It Become Law?

The Building Safety Act became law in April 2022. Registration with the BSR is expected between April and October 2023.

Are You Prepared?

At Armadillo Safety Solutions, we recognize the challenges that organizations face in adapting to these new regulations. We offer consultation services to help you comply with both current and future legislative requirements.

Managing Compliance

The act mandates a 'Golden Thread of Information'—a comprehensive digital record of safety-related data. Our webinars can guide you in planning and implementing this crucial element.

Gap Analysis Services

Armadillo Safety Solutions offers Building Safety Gap Analysis to evaluate your current management practices against the new Building Safety Act requirements.

For more detailed insights into preparing for the changes coming in April 2023 and beyond, read our summary blog on the Building Safety Act 2022.

Contact us to find out more information.

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