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Raising the Bar Interim Report

Friday 20th September 2019

Stephen Adams, BAFE Chief Executive, comments on the Raising the Bar report recently published.

The interim report of the Industry Response Group Steering Group on Competence for Building a Safer Future has been published.


Raising the Bar - Interim Report


Raising the Bar - Executive Summary


"Raising the Bar is a vital document, setting out measures to improve and control the competence of those involved in the construction and ongoing fire protection of higher risk residential buildings.


The measures are being proposed by the Competence Steering Group (CSG), set up by the Industry Response Group (IRG) to tackle competency failings identified in the Hackitt Review (Building a Safer Future) following the Grenfell Tower fire. The CSG has brought together more than 150 institutions including wide involvement from BAFE, across the full spectrum of construction, built environment, fire safety and building owner/manager sectors; all working towards the common purpose of raising competences to improve life safety.


BAFE will continue to work within the relevant bodies to ensure that UKAS accredited third party certification remains a key part of the competence requirements for a wide range of buildings during the full lifecycle of its use, in support of the responsible person and purchasers of services."


- Stephen Adams, BAFE Chief Executive

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