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A Guide to Managing Safety-Critical Elements in Building Construction


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This Guide to Managing Safety-Critical Elements in Building Construction, jointly initiated by the CIOB and RIBA, has been produced with the intention of increasing awareness across all sections of the industry of the need to bring a rigorous and structured approach to the design, construction and inspection of elements identified as potentially safety-critical (elements that, if omitted or installed incorrectly, could cause a serious injury or loss of life, to those in and around the building).


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1. Purpose of this Guide
2. Scope of this Guide
3. Who should use this Guide?
4. How to apply this Guide
5. The key principles and processes required to achieve Compliant construction
6. Industry Established Systems
7. Rationale used for designation of Safety-Critical Elements
8. Examples of Elements that may be Safety-Critical Elements as defined in this Guide
9. Evidence demonstrating Compliant construction
Appendix A – Safety Critical Elements – Actions mapped to the RIBA Plan of Work 2020
Appendix B – Examples of assessing whether an Element is a Safety-Critical Element
Appendix C – A worked example of the use of this Guide
Appendix D – Good practice
Appendix E – Consequences of Safety-Critical Element failure

About the Author

Simon Pitchers is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and is active on several IstructE committees. During his career, he has worked in civil and structural engineering, plus founded and directed companies building supermarkets and managing commercial buildings. He also appears in BBC Radio 2s Jeremy Vine show, advising listeners on building defects.

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