Opening of the public consultation process for PAS 8673
THE PUBLIC consultation process for PAS 8673, a new specification that provides a framework for the competence of building safety officials, has been opened by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and will remain open for comment until Wednesday 15 September.
In its role as the UK’s national standards body, BSI solicits consultation with people in the housing, construction, fire and security industries. Comments can be recorded online at: https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/2021-00438#/section
PAS 8673 is part of Built Environment Competency Program which itself supports the Building Safety Bill to increase the skill requirements for three newly regulated roles, namely those of lead designer, prime contractor and building security officer.
A building security officer is a person or entity appointed to take responsibility for the management of building security. PAS 8673: Built Environment – Competency Framework of Individual Building Safety Officers and Designated Individual Building Safety Officers – Specification specifies building safety competence requirements relating to role, functions, activities and tasks of these managers based on the recommendations and basic competence criteria defined in BSI Flex 8670.
It covers the competence and commitment of building safety officials with respect to building structures and systems, the interaction of systems and components, operational practices necessary to maintain buildings in a safe condition for them. occupants, risk management, change management (including the consequences of human behavior), leadership, communication and planning skills and a personal commitment to ethical behavior and professional standards.
In addition, Ps 8673 describes different skill levels for classifying those responsible for building safety based on the skills, knowledge, experience and responsibility of the manager. It also indicates the pathways between levels, in turn highlighting how these levels relate to the skill needed to manage buildings of different complexity and security risks.
The standard is intended for use by building security officials and designated individuals working within organizations as building security officials. It should also be useful for organizations that will assess the competence and commitment of building safety officials (including professional bodies, commercial bodies and those who regulate by law or otherwise facilitate voluntary self-regulation), authorities national accreditation agencies, government agencies, employers and insurers.
As an extension of the consultation period, the standard is expected to be published early next year.