Safety case principles for high-rise residential buildings – our response

22 October 2021

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued draft guidance setting out the principles underpinning the Building Safety Case, and Safety Case Report, that will be required for all higher-risk buildings when the Building Safety Bill becomes law.

We responded to their consultation on behalf of the social housing sector. Our key recommendations are:

  • Further guidance is needed that should cover complex buildings, the costs of developing a safety case, and the role of third parties such as consultants and the emergency services.
  • We would like clarity about the role of Fire Risk Assessments in developing a safety case.
  • The NHF recommends that further guidance should make use of case studies to show how landlords in different sectors have addressed building safety issues, and we shall be happy to facilitate dialogue between the HSE and housing associations who may be able to contribute such studies.

Who to speak to

Victoria Moffett, Head of Building and Fire Safety Programmes