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New accreditation will ‘strengthen competencies’ after Grenfell, says BIFM

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is to develop new training courses and a certified accreditation for facilities managers responsible for life safety in buildings.

New accreditation will ‘strengthen competencies’ after Grenfell, says BIFM
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The announcement comes after the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned by the government after the Grenfell Tower fire that killed more than 70 residents of a west London local authority high-rise block last June. 
The BIFM – a professional body for facilities management – had welcomed Hackitt’s calls to improve the competence of people who are involved in the design, construction, refurbishment, occupation and maintenance of buildings because it “recognises the key role facilities managers play in life safety”. 
The institute said it wants to ensure that facilities managers have access to “high quality training and professional development that can certify their competency to uphold the highest standards of life safety in the buildings they manage”.
BIFM’s Life Safety Working Group (LSWG), which participated in the independent review team’s work and fed into its final recommendations, will be involved in creating a specific competency programme for facilities managers. 
LSWG chair, Rob Greenfield, said: “Given the vital role that facilities managers can and do play in ensuring high standards of life safety in buildings, it’s important to strengthen the competency of those involved.
“My experts group will lead work to develop a dedicated accreditation programme for a specific facilities management standard as a first step in ensuring that facilities management best practice plays a part in the response to Hackitt.”



Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine


  • Competence ? Why has this

    Permalink Submitted by Stu Crockett on 1 June 2018 - 02:03 pm

    Competence ? Why has this gap just evolved now... Far too many organisations absolve their primary Health & Safety Statutory obligations under the HASAW because of a lack of competence, yet it takes a serious multi fatality fire to address an age old issue? shocking.


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