Health & Safety

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Fraudulent EWS1 Forms

Which? magazine have just published a disturbing and important article, advising that scammers are signing off fraudulent EWS1 forms, sometimes adopting real Chartered Surveyor identities. The article sets out the many serious implications of fake EWS1 forms – the forms needed before a flat can be sold where a building has cladding (in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire).  This is a very serious matter and all managing agents, leaseholders and conveyancers are currently on high alert to spot fake forms. The Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) has reminded its members that they must NOT sign off EWS1 forms…

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Why is there a Health and Safety section in my Service Charge budget?

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Jamie explain why there is a Health and Safety section in the Service Charge budget.     “The Health and Safety section in your Service Charge budget will mainly cover the costs for both the Health & Safety and Fire Risk Assessment to be carried out.  It is vital that a risk assessment is carried out in your block to highlight any potential hazards and to rectify them accordingly, so the block is fully compliant with all health and safety regulations.”  

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Health and Safety Risk Assessment

Click on the video below to listen to Property Manager, Lewis explain why a Health and Safety Risk Assessment needs to be carried out.     “The duty to comply with the Health & Safety and Fire Regulations falls on the landlord or the person responsible for the management of the building. This could be a Managing Agent, a Residents Management Company, Residents Freehold Company or a Right to Manage Company. But failing to carry out a Risk Assessment at certain intervals, you are leaving potential health hazards unresolved which over time could have a detrimental effect on the building…

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Grenfell continued – The importance of educating residents on the impact of their actions by Nick Coombe Featured Image

Grenfell continued – The importance of educating residents on the impact of their actions by Nick Coombe

Following on from our article yesterday where Dame Judith Hackitt spoke about Grenfell, we now hear from Nick Coombe, Protection Vice Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council with his thoughts. “I think it was clear after what happened at Grenfell that residents felt they were mistreated and betrayed for a number of reasons. Our role is to try and regain that confidence. Some of you will be thinking, that’s fine, but some people don’t want to be engaged with. And we have to accept that as well, that not every resident wants to know everything.  Some residents only stay for a…

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Where are we two years on from Grenfell

Where are we two years on from Grenfell?

Dame Judith Hackitt, who led the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety in 2017, discussed the importance of resident engagement on fire safety matters at a recent seminar. Dame Judith Hackitt, said:  “Despite the fact the Review is complete and the recommendations are being implemented – all of them – I’m delighted to say by the Government, I think it’s really important we keep this dialogue going because the longer we go post-Grenfell, the more concerned I become that we will allow this to fall away and we will not respond appropriately to change this broken system or ours.…

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Health and Safety update!

Health & Safety is the one thing that keeps property managers awake at night. It’s a constant worry and no property manager can be complacent – no matter how pro-active you are, there is always a risk. At BW Residential Ltd we are lucky to have the help and advice of Dom Maree. He is a Property Management Health & Safety Specialist, with qualifications in all the right areas together with a great understanding of the constraints within which property managers have to work. We find his risk assessments helpful, understandable and practical. Read his latest Bulletin by clicking the…

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