General

Health and safety is an important and ongoing responsibility for West Herts Homes, with the company having a duty of care both to West Herts Homes’ tenants, its staff team and board members.

Given the nature of West Herts Homes’ business, this policy comprises two main elements -safety at the properties that West Herts Homes owns and manages and safety for employees wherever they work or are based. This policy should also be read in conjunction with the Safe Environments Policy that West Herts Homes adopted in March 2017.

This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis, and the Board will receive reports twice each year on any health and safety incidents that may have occurred and how they were dealt with. Any incidents involving serious injury will be reported to the Board immediately.

As a policy statement West Herts Homes is committed to:

  • Providing and maintaining a safe working environment for all employees
  • Ensuring that our tenants occupy their homes and use our premises in a safe manner, with regard to their own personal safety and the safety of their neighbours
  • Ensuring that appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision is provided as necessary to all employees
  • Ensuring the safe use, handling, storage and transport or hazardous articles or substances
  • Carrying out risk assessments for all activities that may pose a risk to the health and safety or welfare of persons at work or anyone else who may be affected by the activities of West Herts Homes.

Part 1

West Herts Homes properties

West Herts Homes manages a varied portfolio of properties, the majority of which is accommodation occupied by several tenants, often with shared facilities.

West Herts Homes’ approach is to encourage each tenant to be responsible for their own personal safety, to keep alert to things that may pose a risk to their neighbours, and through a combination of reporting defects and regular inspections to ensure all properties are safe at all times. 

In terms of preventative work, West Herts Homes currently carries out the following:

  • Gas Safety Checks 
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Legionella
  • PAT testing, fire alarms and safety lights
  • PAT testing of mobile electrical equipment
  • Fire Alarms and Emergency Lights
  • Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • Arrange for every property to be inspected on a twice yearly basis

In addition, from Autumn 2017, West Herts Homes will:

  • Arrange for ever property to be inspected twice yearly
  • Where issues are identified that need attention, more regular visits will be carried out, additional support and counselling will be arranged and where necessary action for possession will commenced
  • Information on health and safety will be sent to tenant via a newsletter that will be distributed twice yearly
  • All new tenants will be briefed on health and safety when they sign up for a tenancy
  • Responsibilities and Duties