The regulations and approved documents K and N have been updated to fully correspond with separate health and safety requirements.
Welcoming the revised documents, Mr Raynsford said:
'Without these amendments a building could comply with building regulations on completion, but could then require alteration before it is used in order to comply with the health and safety regulations. This is not good for business and not good regulation.
The revised regulations are contained in the Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 no. 1904) which were made on 31 July and laid before on 26 August. They will come into force on 1 January 1998.
1. The Amendment Regulations substitute modified Parts in Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 1991 (SI 1991 No. 2768), as follows:
in place of the current Part K (Stairs, Ramps and Guards) there will be a new Part K - Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact; and in place of the current Part N (Glazing: Materials and Protection) there will be a new Part N - Glazing: Safety in Relation to Impact, Opening and Cleaning.
2. Two new Approved Documents have been published by TSO, giving advice on the technical requirements of the new Regulations. They are:
'Part K: Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact' (1998 Edition, ISBN 0 11 753390 4,£5-99); and
'Part N: Glazing - Safety in Relation to Impact, Opening and Cleaning' (1998 Edition, ISBN 0 11 753389 0,£4-99).