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Identifying Competence in Higher Risk Buildings, with NAPIT

Identifying Competence in Higher Risk Buildings, with NAPIT


How do you keep the workers and occupants of Higher Risk Buildings safe? Well, the experts at NAPIT, the leading Government-approved membership scheme in the building services sector, has an answer. The company has released its suggestions for identifying competence in Higher Risk Buildings.

The guidance comes in the wake of the Grenfell Tragedy. This shocking event led to a review of building safety regulations in the UK. Currently, the new Building Safety Bill is making its way through government and should become law in 2021. The Bill was released in July 2020 and features several proposals. It’s set to help promote accountability of those who own and manage Higher Risk Buildings. This includes social housing professionals, accommodation companies and private landlords.

So, NAPIT has created a helpful infographic that outlines the Bill’s focus. NAPIT’s guidance offers an overview of the current status of the on-going building safety reform work. The document touches upon the industry initiatives looking at the competence of those working in Higher Risk Buildings. Finally, it sets out five key ideas for identifying and monitoring the competence of those working on, or in, high risk buildings.

Higher Risk Buildings are, according to the Bill, those where the floor surface of the building’s top storey is 18 metres or more above ground level. Or, where the building contains more than six floors. It also includes a building that has two or more homes, or two or more rooms used for residential purposes. This excludes care homes, prisons, hotels and hospitals, but does include student accommodation.

NAPIT’s Core Principles

NAPIT’s Core Principles for identifying and monitoring the competence of those working on, or in, Higher Risk Buildings are:

  • The sector specific competence requirements for those working on or in HRBs must be universally agreed and adopted
  • The competence of those working alone or unsupervised on or in HRBs must be technically assessed and routinely reassessed by a UKAS Accredited Certification Body
  • Regular Continued Professional Development must be required for certification and be monitored and recorded
  • All those working on or in a HRB must have accredited fire safety in buildings training
  • A digital register should be created, and independently owned, which lists organisations and individuals who are deemed competent to work on or in HRBs

Commenting on the principles, Frank Bertie, NAPIT’s Chairman, said: “It’s clear that enhanced, clear and monitorable competency requirements are needed to be agreed across the industry. To enable a meaningful change in this sector and improve the standard of safety given to those who reside in Higher Risk Buildings. Compliance, competence and safety are at the heart of our Association and we urge industry to come together to provide a solution to determining competence which takes into account our five core principles.”

To find out more about their commitment to electrical safety and essential industry reform, visit NAPIT’s website.

How we can help

At Hexo Services, we’re dedicated to helping the building services sector, and the residential sector, with electrical safety. We were established to provide professional, quality electrical inspection services to residential and business clients. Our services ensure peace of mind and we can advise on compliance with regard to electrical systems and installations in all types of properties.

Hexo offers Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR), PAT testing, Fixed Wire Testing, and same-day remedial works. Additionally, we also have dedicated services for social housing professionals and private landlords, so you can keep your tenants and property safe. Please contact us for further information on 0207 3154151, or use the handy Contact Form or Book Now Form.