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Compliance Plus: Housing associations and health and safety

  • Type HQN Event
  • Venue Cardiff
  • Start 17 Jan 2019 10:30
  • End 17 Jan 2019 16:30


Compliance plus

The messages are clear: on the one hand Welsh associations are doing the right thing to prioritise health and safety in a post-Grenfell world; on the other, the watchwords have to be eternal vigilance – there is zero room for complacency at a time when new risks emerge on a regular basis.

The Welsh focus on health and safety in recent years has been as acute as anywhere else in the UK. Indeed, in moves to make sprinklers mandatory for new build – despite massive opposition from private housebuilders – Wales has been ahead of the curve.

HQN’s recent Housing associations and health and safety report, as well as a sector wide assessment published by Welsh Government in 2018, have both underlined the need for a ‘compliance-plus’ approach to provide more robust assurances to boards and to the Regulator.

On the positive side we found that boards were aware of current and potential risks, had overseen detailed survey work to test out previous assurances, and backed this up by putting third-party checks in place.

On the other side, there is concern that most associations have found cause to doubt past assurances and this sent shock waves across the sector. Understandably this has come to the top of the Regulator's worry list too.

This is where HQN’s newly-developed series of ‘Compliance-plus’ events comes in – with the first one aimed specifically at Welsh housing providers.

Key sessions will include:

  • Headline messages to the sector
  • The importance of getting landlord health and safety arrangements right
  • Key findings & recommendations from the Sector Overview report (Oct 2018)
  • As a Board member – what should ‘assurance’ look like?
  • Audits – internal or external? What should you look for?
  • Case studies from Welsh housing providers. 

The event will be chaired by HQN’s Chief Executive, Alistair McIntosh. Joining Alistair will be:

  • Keynote speaker: Ian Walters and Stephen Tranah, Welsh Government 
  • Keith Edwards, Lead Associate, HQN Cymru 
  • Vicki Cutler, Lead Associate, HQN’s SAFETYnet
  • Marcia Sinfield, Deputy CEO & Director of Resources and Stacy Thomas, Director of Assets & Property, Tai Calon Community Housing
  • Derek Hillier, Health & Safety Manager, Merthyr Valleys Homes.
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Full price: £289.00 *
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Registration will start 30 minutes before the first session and refreshments will be available.

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