Guidance published for sharing H&S information in BIM

The BSI has published new guidance for the collaborative sharing of structured health and safety information using BIM throughout the project and asset lifecycles.

PAS 1192-6:2018 supports the development of structured H&S information for all construction projects progressively from the outset.

To date, users of BIM have been slow to collaborate on sharing structured H&S information.

The free guidance provides information on how H&S information is produced, flows and can be used in a BIM environment. While all H&S risk information can be included within an information model, this PAS requires the contextualisation and filtering of hazards and risks to prioritise the elevated risks and aspects that are safety critical. 

It also sets out a framework (risk information cycle) for the application of H&S information through BIM processes and applications, although the principles and requirements of this PAS can be applied equally to non-BIM projects.

It specifies how to use H&S information to:

  • Provide a safer and healthier environment for end-users;
  • Mitigate the inherent hazards and risks across the asset lifecycle;
  • Improve construction H&S performance, with fewer incidents and associated impacts;
  • Provide for clearer, more assured and relevant H&S information to the right-people at the right time;
  • Reduce construction and operational costs.

It applies to individuals and organisations that contribute to and influence the design, construction, use (including maintenance) and end-of-life of a built asset. This includes architects, consultants project managers and CDM-defined designers and contractors.

Dan Rossiter, BRE Group BIM communicator and BIM standards expert, said: “Through BIM Level 2, there is a well-defined method of producing and managing information. However, the existing BIM publications provided little, if any, guidance to support the production and management of health and safety information.

“It is a real positive to see that this PAS has been written alongside organisations such as APS, CIAT, CIC, CPNI and the HSE to fill this gap. The use of COBie and IFC to manage this information is logical. COBie was developed to accept health and safety information and provides a consistent method for its delivery.

“IFC, in the same manner, has a specific property set (Pset_Risk) to do the same. However, through this PAS and its inclusion on the official BIM Level 2 website,, the scope of BIM Level 2 has been extended. This means that open formats, such as IFC, are now a core BIM Level 2 requirement. While I think this is a real positive, there will be those who disagree. 

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The use of COBie and IFC to manage this information is logical. COBie was developed to accept health and safety information and provides a consistent method for its delivery. – Dan Rossiter, BRE Group

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  1. I applaud this inclusion of H&S within the BIM process. The PAS includes all the duties incumbent on the AEC industry to manage H&S as does the CDM2015 Regulations. The PAS does, however, apply some extra requirements such as:
    1. The inclusion of risk in the COBie issue sheet “Risks shall be documented in the COBie Issue sheet”, (PAS1192-6, p. 46),
    2. The specification of the format of the tabulated risk information (Risk register/matrix), “Tables and spreadsheets shall use the headings and field types as defined in Annex A”, (PAS1192-6. p. 42)
    CDM2015 is not prescriptive in the format of such information but gives guidance, and I fear that the rigid nature of PAS1192-6 will divert the attention from the true objectives.

  2. Following the release of PAS 1192-6, I have quickly tested out the processes to see if they are achievable and whether any issues could be resolved. The process I used has been outlined at‘s newest post ‘Structuring Safety’.

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