The second full episode of The Block Safety Podcast is available now on our YouTube and Spotify channels!

Episode Two: Building Safety Management in Practice explores the role of the Building Safety Manager and the experiences and competencies suitable for the job. The Building Safety Manager is a role that has been introduced through the upcoming Building Safety Bill and will support the Accountable Person (AP) meet their objectives.

This episode features four guest speakers; James Purdey, Ian Walford, George Akrasi, and Roger Gillespie.

James is the Operations Manager here at 4site, he has a strong Health, Safety and Fire background and is currently a Trainee Building Safety Manager. Ian is a Health, Safety and Fire Risk Advisor with vast experience in Facilities Management and is also training to become a Trainee Building Safety Manager. George has broad experience across construction management and Surveying and again, is a Trainee Building Safety Manager. Each of our Trainee BSM’s discuss their training experiences, their professional backgrounds and how they lend them self to the role, and the biggest challenges faced in Building Safety Management.

Our fourth and final speaker is Roger Gillespie, Managing Director of of Housing LMS who provide various training courses, include the Level 6 Diploma in Building Safety Management. Roger speaks with us about the training courses Housing LMS provide for the housing and property industry, the criteria for the level 6 BSM Diploma, and the immense challenge of finding Building Safety Managers! Roger argues that the Social Housing sector have taken the lead in finding and employing BSMs and whilst the number of BSMs in the private residential sector is growing on a daily basis, the challenge to find BSMs will likely be immense as “there isn’t an off the shelf product” and various different background and experiences “with elements of the skills and competencies required” will need to be considered.

If you’re a professional from within Residential Property Management why not take a moment to listen to the full podcast on YouTube or Spotify. And, if you’re interested in getting involved in our podcast series please get in touch!