Birmingham Jewish Housing Asociation


HEALTH AND SAFETY AND RISK ASSESSMENT

(incl.  STATEMENT OF INTENT)

Scope

Policy Statement

Birmingham Jewish Housing Association (BJHA) is committed to providing an environment, which ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of tenants, employees and visitors to its properties.

BJHA recognises its responsibility to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to provide and maintain working conditions that are safe, healthy and compliant with all statutory requirements and codes of practice, including the statutory duty for employers to conduct regular health and safety risk assessments.

As a Registered Provider, Birmingham Jewish Housing Assocaition recognise that service users have a right to make decisions about their lives, and understands that it is our responsibility to ensure our tenants are safe in their homes and staff are safe at work by complying with the statutory requirements and providing assurance to tenants. This will be achieved by identifying, managing, monitoring and reporting all H&S risks.

Legal Requirements

BJHA recognises the requirement to comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA 1974) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) and all subsequent legislation. Non-compliance can result in prosecution and a fine.

Respective Responsibilities

The Health and Safety Executive/local authorities (HSE/LAs) is the lead inspection and enforcement bodies for health and safety matters involving tenants and service users and employees.

The HSE/LA is the lead inspection and enforcement body for health and safety matters involving workers, visitors and contractors, irrespective of registration

Factors that would tend toward an HSE/LA lead include:

The Policy

This policy is intended to set out the values, principles and policies underpinning this service’s approach to health & safety practices.

Duties on the Service

BJHA recognises its responsibility under the HSWA 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to provide and maintain working conditions that are safe, healthy and compliant with all statutory requirements and codes of practice. Employees, residents, contractors and visitors are expected to abide by safety rules and to have regard to the safety of others within the service.

BJHA’s policy is, so far as is reasonably practicable, to apply the following:

 

The Health and Safety Manager is the Scheme Manager.

 

Health and Safety at Work

Birmingham Jewish Housing Association is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its staff, so far as is reasonably practicable, and of all other persons who may be affected by our activities, including visitors, contractors, service users and their relatives. The service will take the following steps to ensure that its statutory duties are met at all times:

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment should be undertaken, by a trained and qualified person, of the potential risks to tenants and staff associated with delivering any agreed support, before the staff member commences work. It should be updated annually or more frequently, if necessary.

Any new risks that arise (including defective appliances, equipment, fixtures or security of the premises) should be reported by staff to their line managers or supervisors, or otherwise identified during regular reviews or the service user plan.

Only staff who are both trained to undertake risk assessments and competent to provide the support should be assigned to emergencies and in situations where the pressure of time does not allow a risk assessment to be undertaken before the provision of the support.

A responsible and competent person will be on call and contactable at all times when staff are on duty.

MHSWR Regulation 3

Birmingham Jewish Housing Association recognises that risk assessments are a legal requirement under MHSWR Regulation 3. The service believes that risk assessments should identify hazards and resulting risks to employees and other persons who may be affected by work activities. The service understands a hazard to be the potential for harm, with the risk being the likelihood of that harm occurring and the severity of the harm (e.g. slight injury, major injury, death).

This service will fully implement MHSWR Regulation 3, which requires employers to:

This is not an exhaustive list and any other potential hazard risk relating to a specific service user will be assessed.

Electrical Safety

Birmingham Jewish Housing Association will provide for the testing of fixed, portable and transportable equipment and installations, in communal areas, at intervals prescribed by statute and best practice for which it has responsibility.

Fixed Electrical Installation

Birmingham Jewish Housing Association will test the fixed electrical installation of all its properties every 5 years.

Portable and Transportable Equipment

Birmingham Jewish Housing Association will ensure that all portable and transportable equipment, for which we have responsibility, is tested every twelve months by a competent person.

Gas Appliance Safety

In accordance with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 BJHA is required to employ a Registered gas service engineer to undertake an annual service and gas safety check. This service is provided by KNIGHTTIME.  BJHA will be provided with a copy of the test certificate.

Fire Precautions, Procedures and Risk Assessments

At each of BJHA’s properties there shall be provided any fire detection installation or firefighting equipment so required by statute.

Fire detection and emergency lighting installations are regularly serviced by a suitably qualified approved contractor:

There shall be an annual inspection and servicing of fire extinguishers, wherever they are provided.

In accordance with The Fire Safety Act 2021, risk assessment and the general fire precautions across all BJHA premises will be reviewed regularly.

In practice, an annual assessment will be undertaken, and the fire precautions will be kept under constant review and where problems are identified they will be dealt with as soon as possible.

If we have any reason to suspect that a fire risk assessment is no longer valid or there has been a significant change in any of our premises that has affected fire precautions, we will review the assessment and if necessary, revise it.

Reasons for review could include:

Legionella

Legionella risk assessments are scheme specific and subject to annual review. Additionally, water temperature checks are carried out at six monthly intervals. 

LOLER Inspections

(Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998)

Regulation 8(2) of LOLER definition: -

Where BHJA is responsible for the installation of lifting equipment, such as lifts and stair lifts, we will ensure that LOLER inspections are carried out by a competent person in accordance with current HSE regulation and the manufacturers’ instructions.

Contractor Health & Safety – Repair & Maintenance

Every approved contractor is required to complete an application form for inclusion on an approved list, as part of this process contractors are required to confirm that all works will be undertaken in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. Contractors are required to provide a copy of their Employer/Public Liability Insurance.

Duties of Employees

The successful implementation of this policy requires total commitment from all employees. Each individual has a legal obligation to take reasonable care for their own health and safety, and for the safety of other people who may be affected by either their acts or omissions.

It is the policy of this service that, under s.7 of the HSWA 1974, it is the duty of every employee at work to:

  1. Take reasonable care of their health and safety and those of any other person who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
  2. Co-operate with their employer to enable any duty or requirement to be complied with that is either imposed on their employer by or under any relevant statutory provisions.

In addition, no person employed by the service shall intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare in pursuance of any statutory provisions.

Failure to abide by this policy will be considered a disciplinary offence.

Related Guidance

HSE, Health and Safety in Social Care Services: http://www.hse.gov.uk/healthservices/index.htm

 

Training Statement

All staff undertake induction and are employed to provide an enabling, not a doing service. Individual support plans are used to determine training needs.

Date Reviewed: September 2021

Person responsible for updating this policy: Sharon Grey

Next Review Date: September 2022

Health and Safety – Statement of Intent

(To read in conjunction with health & safety and related policies)

This document sets out the Health and Safety Statement of Intent for the service.

The purpose of which is to encourage ownership, commitment and compliance at all levels of the business and to provide a framework to establish and review health and safety policies, objectives and guidance across the business.

The management board of the service fully recognises the importance of health and safety and is committed to both its legal and moral health and safety obligations. The board will support this by demonstrating a top-level commitment to Health and Safety Policy, individual responsibilities and staff training, whilst ensuring that health and safety are represented at board meetings as an agenda item. The board sees the development of positive safety culture across the business as an essential part of its continued success and an essential part of its business process aim to:

It is also the duty of every employee to:



 

Birmingham Jewish Housing Association Ltd

Registered Address: Bill Steiner Suite, 1 River Brook Drive, Birmingham, B30 2SH

Tel: 0121 486 1366 / 0121 458 6981 | Email: admin@bhamjha.co.uk | Web: www.bhamjha.co.uk

Registered with the Regulator of Social Housing No L2889

An Exempt Charity, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 No: 22624R


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