The clock is ticking on safety. New legislation and regulatory requirements will place new responsibilities on social housing providers. The cost-of-living crisis and climate change pose safety challenges of their own. Are you prepared? Find out at this year’s Safetynet conference.

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    With the pace of change, it’s essential you stay on top of the health and safety agenda. Join other health and safety practitioners to take a look at the top issues, their implications and how they impact on your roles, future recruitment and your organisation’s business plan.

    Meeting statutory obligations is an essential part of keeping tenants’ homes safe.

    It’s essential that H&S professionals, compliance teams and boards fully understand all the changes and new legislative requirements and responsibilities. There is a lot to keep up with:

    • The Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent in April – this will bring about seismic changes in how we manage and mitigate fire and structural safety issues on high-rise buildings. You are expected to be well underway with preparing for the new regime. Are you?
    • The Fire Safety Act was finally enacted – alongside a new risk prioritisation tool – which strengthens our responsibilities around fire safety across all residential buildings
    • The Social Housing (Regulation) Bill will:
      • Give the regulator the power to request social landlords to collect and publish information relating to their compliance performance
      • Require all providers to appoint a health and safety lead
      • Create a new consumer standard specifically related to safety
      • Require landlords to report against a new set of tenant satisfaction measures that assess tenant satisfaction with the health and safety of their homes
    • A consultation on electrical safety standards in the social housing sector, which will conclude at the end of August, will likely result in mandatory checks
    • Social landlords will be required to provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be compulsory in social housing properties where there is any type of fixed combustion appliance from 1st October 2022.

    In addition, day-to-day H&S compliance still needs to be done and delivered effectively. Health and safety risks will always exist – exacerbated by the cost-of-living and climate change – so it is essential you know how to manage and mitigate these – while providing assurance to your board (and residents).

    Our virtual Safetynet annual conference will provide expert guidance and practical advice with a range of top speakers.


    • Isobel Ames, Senior Policy Lead on Smoke and CO and Electrical Safety for Social Housing at DLUHC will discuss the new requirements on electrical safety in social housing – find out what you should be doing now to prepare
    • Paul Dockerill, Director of Energy & Programme Management at whg, will walk delegates through the development of a safety case report for the new Building Safety Act. The safety case report must prove to the Building Safety Regulator that your buildings are safe to occupy – find out what makes a robust and evidence driven safety case
    • The Health and Safety Executive will provide an update on the key compliance issues
    • James Carpenter, Head of Strategic Fire Safety at L&Q, will look at the practical changes introduced earlier this year under the new Fire Safety Act, including new requirements on the responsible person
    • Matthew Breakell, Partner Regulatory – Safety, Health & Environment at DAC Beachcroft, will run through recent case law and what this may mean for health and safety practice. This is a great opportunity to ask Matthew about how you manage legal risks in your organisation and get his view on any practical issues you face
    • Michelle Rice, Head of Construction Safety at L&Q, will take delegates on a ‘hazard walk’ – a practical approach to health and safety on construction sites
    • Mark Sayer, Director of Safety & Resilience at Abri Group, will discuss the importance of data integrity and assurance in health and safety compliance
    • Alison Harvey, Group Asbestos Manager at Gentoo, will look at some of the key challenges compliance officers face and how to overcome them.

    This year’s conference will also provide an opportunity to:

    • Discuss and debate with other practitioners and subject matter experts
    • Share ideas about how to deal with forthcoming challenges
    • Learn from each other
    • Find out about the latest best practice
    • Network with fellow health and safety professionals.

    Essential for:

    • Compliance officers and managers
    • Health and safety teams
    • Building safety managers
    • Asset managers/directors
    • Procurement teams
    • Planned and responsive repairs teams
    • Estate managers
    • Housing management teams.

    It will also be useful for governance teams and board members who need to understand how to manage and mitigate health and safety risks in their organisation.

  • Our speakers

    Debbie Larner, Lead Associate Health and Safety Network, HQN

    Debbie is the lead associate for HQN’s Health and Safety and Asset Management networks. She has been working in social housing for over 30 years – most of which was spent at CIH as Head of Practice. Debbie has led the sector’s work on professional standards and has also been focusing on building/fire safety since the Grenfell Tower disaster. She was a key member of the Industry Steering Group focusing on the role and the competency of the Building Safety Manager. For HQN, Debbie has been focusing on building safety and disrepair as part of her lead associate role – hosting workshops on a range of topical issues, including health and safety compliance.

    Matthew Breakell, Partner Regulatory – Safety, Health & Environment, DAC Beachcroft 

    Matthew specialises in advising in relation to corporate criminal investigations and defending prosecutions brought by regulatory agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive, Local Authority, Environment Agency, Police and CQC. He has extensive experience in caution interviews including representing company directors at the police station in relation to corporate manslaughter investigations; and assisting companies through HSE/Local Authority investigations, caution interviews and prosecutions.

    Matthew also represents companies and organisations facing coroners’ inquests as a result of fatal accidents at work or being associated with the accident, guiding them through the process and providing representation at the inquest. Recently Matthew has advised clients with regard to high profile fatal accident investigations, falls from height, legionella, trappings and crushing in machinery, and other work-related accidents.

    Matthew also assists organisations, in particular home care providers and care homes with investigations following deaths and provides representation at inquests as well as guidance through the investigatory process. Matthew is a member of IOSH and a committee member for the Humber Branch.

    Paul Dockerill, Director of Energy & Programme Management, whg

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    Paul is Director of Energy and Programme Management at whg and leads on the strategy and approach to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ agenda. Paul is accountable for budgets totaling £24.5m including £17m to improve the quality of customer homes. He is also responsible for delivering the Energy Plan and setting the investment strategy for achieving carbon zero and responsible person for Building Safety.

    Paul holds the position of Chair of whg’s Fire Safety Group, which has made significant efforts to reassure customers about fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Paul has also been advising the government’s Industry Safety Steering Group, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt. In August 2020

    He was named Chair of the National Housing Federation’s National Building Safety Group which explores best practice and aims to create a platform for collaboration and Chair’s the West Midlands Social Housing Group for West Midlands Fire Service.

    Isobel Ames, Policy Lead – Social Housing Safety, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)

    Isobel is the policy lead for electrical safety and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in social housing at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

    Isobel has been in the Department for over 2 years and worked on a number of policies across social housing, including net-zero, professionalisation and the Decent Homes Standard Review. Prior to joining the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in 2019, Isobel has also worked at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

    Alison Harvey, Group Asbestos Manager, Gentoo

    Alison Harvey is the Group Asbestos Manager for Gentoo’s large property portfolio.  She has over 20 years’ experience managing asbestos in non-domestic properties and domestic housing.

    James Carpenter, Head of Strategic Fire Safety, L&Q

    Michelle Rice, Head of Construction Safety, L&Q

    Mark Sayer, Director of Safety & Resilience, Abri Group


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    Members of any HQN network - 1 delegate £175.00
    Members of any HQN network - 2 delegates £150.00
    Members of any HQN network - 3+ delegates £125.00
    Non-members - 1 delegate £200.00
    Non-members - 2 delegates £175.00
    Non-members - 3+ delegates £150.00

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Dates and prices

22 September 2022
10:30am - 3:30pm
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