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Construction projects will require a new role that combines several existing competences in order to meet a single, overarching set of safety requirements in the future – if the Hackitt recommendations are implemented.
That’s according to Martin Cox, head of health and safety and CDM at construction and property consultancy Pellings, who has been examining the report.
Cox said Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations following her independent review into Building Regulations and fire safety would require a “gelling of competences”.
He explained: “Currently, a construction project will normally have a project manager, an architect, a quantity surveyor, and a structural engineer, plus other roles.
“Many of these professionals operate in their own specialist area, but the Hackitt recommendations require an understanding of how all these competencies meld together. Combining these areas of knowledge into one set of safety requirements will require professional knowledge across the CDM spectrum. There is no standardised accreditation for this process.”