Electrical safety

This guide covers social landlords’ responsibilities for electrical safety, including communal areas, such as, entrance halls and foyers, lifts and stairwells, corridors and landings, as well as external areas, such as parking and refuse areas.


Fire safety

This guide covers social landlords’ responsibilities for fire safety in residential premises, including individual homes, purpose-built blocks of flats and sheltered housing. It does not cover property protection or insurance requirements in the case of fire.


Primary Authority changes

New arrangements for the operation of Primary Authority Partnerships were introduced from 1 October 2017.


Managing fire safety

There are a myriad of legislative and technical requirements for fire safety management. But success or failure is ultimately measured by the impact our decisions, policies and actions have, in reality, on our communities and the safety of our residents.


Harvest Housing Group

Achieving and maintaining 100% compliance with gas safety all the time, is something of a holy grail for housing providers. Many achieve or get very close to it on occasions, but few are able to maintain 100% compliance week in week out. At Harvest Housing Group we work with 3 gas partners covering 18,000 properties, and have been extremely successful in delivering 100% compliance over a sustained period of time. We believe our partnerships with PH Jones, AFM and Holdscroft, the innovation we have implemented and the pro-active approach we have embedded throughout our organisation make our contract for gas servicing and breakdown one of the best managed external contracts in the sector.


Keeping out of hot water

It is a shocking and tragic fact that the Health and Safety Executive are aware of four incidents involving fatal injuries to tenants caused by discharge of scalding water: and a further three incidents associated with back boiler explosions


Asbestos - Reaching Compliance

It is now over three years since the introduction of Regulation 4 and the “Duty to Manage” regulations with the main thrust of this new legislation being – as the name implies – to ensure asbestos in non-domestic premises is adequately managed. Unfortunat


Clients, Contractors and Smaller Construction Jobs

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) were one year old in April. What effects have they had?


Generation Homes – low carbon refurbishment project, UK

The existing housing stock in England accounts for 27% of national carbon dioxide emissions. Despite this, a standard remains to be introduced to tackle emissions from the existing housing stock of some 22,000,000 homes which represent the main challenge.


BS 7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations

BS7671: 2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations, more commonly known as the IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition was published in January 2008 and comes into force on 1st July 2008.


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