Consultation on PAS 8672 for principal contractor competencies opens

A consultation on the publicly available specification (PAS) for the competence of principal contractors has launched.

PAS 8672 sets out a framework for competence of individual principal contractors and designated individuals working under organisational principal contractors.

The proposed framework comes amid a series of changes to the building safety regime accompanying the Building Safety Bill, which was put forward by the government in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The PAS specifies the competence and commitment of principal contractors working on all buildings – not just higher-risk residential buildings (HRRBs) – to plan, manage and monitor building work to ensure compliance with Building Regulations, among a host of other commitments relating to keeping buildings safe for end users.

The consultation is open until 10 November. To read the draft specification and comment, click here.

Pete Dawber, industry lead for the PAS and CIOB board trustee, who has recently been appointed to the HSE’s new Interim Industry Competence Board, said: “Given the impact this PAS will have on the role of construction managers, it is important the industry exploits this opportunity to engage with this work, and I would encourage all organisations to provide feedback, their views will inform and shape the future of this PAS and will have a positive impact on building safety.”

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