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SAEMA – Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association – has a long history in delivering the best training and guidance in the temporary and permanent suspended access industry.

In keeping with our commitment to advancing safety through raising the standards in best practice, we keep in touch with all the latest developments – chiefly safety, worker welfare and the environment. We are pleased to share the following story from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Operational Standards Rules (OSRs)

The Operational Standards Rules (OSRs) will apply from April 2024 and set out the practices, procedures, and performance standards that the Building Safety Regulator expects from Local Authorities and Registered Building Control Approvers (RBCAs) in relation to their building control functions.

This is underpinned by monitoring arrangements that include key performance indicators and reportable data.

The OSRs can be found here.

Building Inspector Competence Framework (BICOF)

The Building Safety Regulator (BSR) oversees building control bodies (individual professionals, local authorities, and registered building control approvers). From Spring 2024 building control bodies and professionals must follow mandatory codes and standards for building control. All registered building inspectors, public and private sector, must demonstrate competence against the building inspector competence framework. It sets out the necessary skills, knowledge, experience, and behaviours required of individuals performing their role as a building inspector registered with the Building Safety Regulator.

The register will open in October, the framework can be found here.

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