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The Accountable Person

Apr 8, 2024

By mosaicgt

The Accountable Person: Upholding Responsibility in Building Safety

In the realm of building safety, accountability plays a pivotal role in ensuring the well-being of occupants and the integrity of structures. The Building Safety Act of 2022 introduces a key concept known as the “Accountable Person,” who is entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing building safety and compliance throughout the lifecycle of a building. Let’s delve into what it means to be an Accountable Person under the Building Safety Act of 2022 and the implications of this role for stakeholders in the construction industry.

Defining the Accountable Person:

The Accountable Person, as defined by the Building Safety Act of 2022, is an individual or entity designated to take primary responsibility for ensuring the safety of a higher risk building. This designation applies to buildings that meet certain criteria, such as height, occupancy, and construction materials, which pose heightened safety risks and require heightened oversight.

The Accountable Person serves as the linchpin of building safety management, holding ultimate accountability for compliance with safety regulations, the maintenance of safety systems, and the management of safety risks. This role encompasses a range of duties and responsibilities aimed at safeguarding occupants, protecting property, and promoting resilience in the built environment.

Key Responsibilities of the Accountable Person:

  1. Risk Assessment and Management: The Accountable Person is responsible for conducting comprehensive risk assessments to identify potential hazards and vulnerabilities within the building. This involves evaluating factors such as fire safety, structural integrity, and the presence of hazardous materials, and implementing measures to mitigate identified risks.
  2. Maintenance of Safety Systems: Ensuring the proper maintenance and operation of safety systems and features is a core responsibility of the Accountable Person. This includes fire detection and suppression systems, emergency lighting, evacuation procedures, and other safety-critical systems designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency.
  3. Management of Safety Information: The Accountable Person oversees the creation and maintenance of a digital record, or “Golden Thread,” of essential building safety information. This includes documentation related to design, construction, materials, maintenance activities, and any changes or modifications made over time. The Golden Thread serves as a comprehensive repository of knowledge, providing valuable insights into the building’s safety characteristics and requirements.
  4. Engagement with Stakeholders: Effective communication and collaboration with stakeholders are essential aspects of the Accountable Person’s role. This involves engaging with building owners, developers, regulators, residents, and other relevant parties to share information, address concerns, and foster a culture of safety awareness and accountability.

Implications for Stakeholders:

The designation of an Accountable Person under the Building Safety Act of 2022 has significant implications for stakeholders across the construction industry:

  1. Building Owners and Developers: Building owners and developers bear primary responsibility for appointing an Accountable Person and ensuring that they have the necessary resources and authority to fulfil their duties effectively. They must also collaborate closely with the Accountable Person to support compliance with safety regulations and address any safety concerns that arise.
  2. Regulators and Authorities: Regulatory bodies and local authorities play a crucial role in overseeing the implementation of building safety regulations and holding Accountable Persons accountable for compliance. They provide guidance, support, and enforcement mechanisms to ensure that higher risk buildings are managed safely and responsibly.
  3. Construction Professionals: Architects, engineers, contractors, and other construction professionals must work in collaboration with the Accountable Person to design, construct, and maintain buildings in accordance with safety standards and regulations. They play a vital role in ensuring that safety considerations are integrated into every stage of the building lifecycle.
  4. Residents and Occupants: Residents and occupants of higher risk buildings are key stakeholders in building safety management. They have a vested interest in the appointment and performance of the Accountable Person and must actively participate in safety initiatives, report safety concerns, and adhere to evacuation procedures to ensure their safety and well-being.

In conclusion, the designation of an Accountable Person under the Building Safety Act of 2022 represents a critical step forward in ensuring the safety and resilience of buildings in the UK. By entrusting an individual or entity with primary responsibility for building safety management, the act promotes accountability, transparency, and proactive risk management throughout the building lifecycle. As the linchpin of building safety governance, the Accountable Person plays a pivotal role in safeguarding occupants, protecting property, and fostering a culture of safety awareness and accountability within the construction industry.


How MosaicGT make the life of an Accountable Person easier

The key responsibilities of the accountable person listed above may seem like an impossible task. Our team of experts at MosaicGT have incorporated tools to assist in guiding the accountable person through these tasks as a project develops through the Gateways and onto occupation.

Each time your Building managed with MosaicGT reaches a new Gateway, you will be asked to appoint the relevant accountable persons for that Gateway. Once your project in MosaicGT reaches Gateway 3 this will be an Accountable Person of record which will give all occupied buildings a point of contact for an Accountable Person in charge of the safety documentation for that building.

Within the Golden Thread, as a user or as an Accountable Person, you will be prompted to upload all necessary Building Safety Information as required by law. It not only brings all the information together into one user-friendly environment but it also brings the stakeholders into one place. No need to share information via email of file transfers as their login to MosaicGT will give them access to all the information, and stakeholders, at the touch of a button.

Worried about keeping the Golden Thread up to date. No problem here as MosaicGT monitors the renewal dates submitted for certificate expiry and sends reminders in good time so you can ensure nothing is missed.

The Accountable person is a pivotal role within the new regulations and MosaicGT provides the perfect tool for you to demonstrate this.


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