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Safety cases

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Higher-risk buildings that are at least 18 metres in height or at least 7 storeys, will have to develop and maintain a safety case and submit a Safety Case Report to the Building Safety Regulator.

Accountable Persons will be required to identify and assess building safety risks and take reasonable steps to ensure those risks are reduced and controlled to a proportionate level on an ongoing basis. This information will need to be submitted to the Building Safety Regulator through safety case reports.

The safety case report needs to demonstrate how fire and structural safety risks that could lead to a major incident are being managed. The scope of the regime will be kept under constant review by the new Building Safety Regulator.

The safety case report provides a summary of the steps Accountable Persons have taken to identify, assess, remove, reduce, and manage building safety risks – demonstrating that reasonable and proportionate steps have been taken. It is supported by the safety case and the Golden thread.

Safety case information

The safety case should contain the following:

  1. Building information

  2. Identifying building safety risks

  3. Risk prevention and protection information

  4. Safety management systems

  5. Safety case report

Safety case report

The safety case report should contain the following:

  1. Basic building information

  2. Your building's construction

  3. Resident profile

  4. Refurbishment

  5. Fire prevention and protective measures

  6. Structural safety

  7. Services and utilities

  8. Maintenance and inspection

Useful information and resources

Engineering Council Working Group 1 Safety Case Guidance

IStructE is part of  the Engineering Council Working Group 1 (WG1), set up after Grenfell to build competency. As part pf the program WG1 have developed a series of webinars for those carrying out or procurring Safety Cases.

Introduction to Building Structural Conditions' Assessments 
An explanation of how structural condition assessments of buildings impact the creation of safety cases to higher-risk buildings for both new and existing buildings.
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