HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTANCY
Bradley-Mason LLP focus on reviewing the physical condition of a property and the aspects of a building design to ensure it is safe to occupy and compliant with current Legislation. We regularly work with specialist Health and Safety Consultants who may be reviewing operational procedures and occupation Health and Safety to ensure that physical aspects of a property are reviewed and Health and Safety risks effectively managed.
We combine our skills as part of an overall Building Survey, Acquisition Survey, Due Diligence process, Planned Maintenance Programme or building design to highlight the risks and advise on works which can be undertaken to minimise these risk to employees or Tenants.
HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION
There is a wide range of Health and Safety Legislation applicable to the acquisition, occupation, construction and disposal of premises. These are predominately drafted, managed and controlled by the Health and Safety Executive and they provide a substantial amount of guidance documentation to assist in your property requirements.
The over arching Legislation under which other Regulations fall is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (also referred to as HSWA, The HSW Act, The 1974 Act or HSAWA). This is a primary piece of Legislation covering occupational health and safety. In relation to property this also includes a variety of other pieces of legislation which are embodied in current Health and Safety Regulations. These include The Factories Act 1961, The Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 and The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008.
Various statutory Regulations are then based upon the Acts and many of these relate to the construction or occupation of premises in various ways. For example, these include :
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
- Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
- Electricity at Works Regulations 1989
- Gas Safety (Management) Regulation 1996
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
- Management of Health and Safety at Work and Fire Precautions (Workplace) (amendment) Regulations 2003.
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- Personnel Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
- Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
REGULAR ISSUES IDENTIFIED
As part of our normal Building Surveys, Acquisition Surveys or Planned Maintenance Programmes we find a number of typical issues with existing properties which are often overlooked and could leave a Landlord or Occupier liable if injury occurred.
A number of typical issues which often arise include:
- Maintenance Access, Roof Access and Window Cleaning Provision
- Compliant Glazing with reference to the Glazing Regulations
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Unstable masonry
- Loose roof coverings
- Environmental Risks
- Lighting Levels
- Temperature Controls