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A new BCSA initiative, endorsed by the Health & Safety Executive, has resulted in the launch of ‘Allocation of Design Responsibilities in Constructional Steelwork.’

Also known as the Orange Book, the new publication has been developed to address the problem of information flow on construction projects.

Marion Rich, BCSA Director of Legal and Contractual Affairs, said: “For a long time there have been problems with clients not getting timely information which then results in time consuming and expensive variations to a job. This document has been launched to address this issue for steel construction projects.”

The guidance has been produced in cooperation with the Association of Consultant Architects, Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Construction Confederation, Institution of Structural Engineers, SCI, and Griffiths and Armour, representing the insurers.

The guide is for all concerned with steel construction projects, from client through the supply chain to steelwork contractor.

The heart of the document comprises a set of checklists detailing vital information for the various activities on a steel con-struction project.

The new guidance adds an extra level of detail to the well established National Structural Steelwork Specification (Black Book). It is also designed to fit in with other industry work schedules.

Geoff Badge, Managing Director of Emmett Fabrications, and Chairman of the Steering Group that masterminded the guidance, said: “We now have a document that will focus the contract team into providing accurate and timely information for the ultimate benefit of all concerned.”

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