Property Risk Assessments and Audits

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Landlords’ Property Risk Assessments & Health and Safety Audits

Landlords and Property Management Companies often have a diverse portfolio of premises to manage, that can either be occupied or vacant, or a mixture of both.  Assessing the Health and Safety issues through a property risk assessment or audit is a good way to manage that portfolio and to address Health and Safety issues that arise from having tenants, vacant properties, rights of way across land and issues with trespassers.

A Property risk assessment can identify all the Health and Safety legal issues affecting a property and produce a report and action plan on how to deal with any issues that are identified.  Our risk assessments are focus on the common Health and Safety legislation affecting property ownership and management and helps those with responsibilities for them to easily identify problems and address them.

Our Property Risk Assessment reports will identify all relevant hazards and risk assess them, providing advice in a full colour report with photographs and a prioritised colour coded action plan.

Types of Premises that we risk assess

  • Shopping Centres and Shopping Malls
  • Multi Occupancy retail areas
  • High Risk Offices
  • Business Parks
  • University Campuses
  • Colleges
  • Science Parks
  • Commercial Premises
  • Industrial premises
  • Car Parks

Property Risk Assessments and Audits – Legal requirements

Below are some the broad legal requirements covered in our property risk assessments.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 lay out the requirement for monitoring and reviewing your Health and Safety management and arrangements in Regulation 5 as below:

Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974(excerpt from the Act)

 

General duties of employers and self-employed to persons other than their employees.

 

(1)           It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.

(2)           It shall be the duty of every self-employed person to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that he and other persons (not being his employees) who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.

(3)           In such cases as may be prescribed, it shall be the duty of every employer and every self-employed person, in the prescribed circumstances and in the prescribed manner, to give to persons (not being his employees) who may be affected by the way in which he conducts his undertaking the prescribed information about such aspects of the way in which he conducts his undertaking as might affect their health or safety.

 

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Regulation 5. (excerpt from the Regulations)

 

Every employer shall make and give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate, having regard to the nature of his activities and the size of his undertaking, for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures.

 

Occupiers Liability Act 1957/1984 (excerpt from the Act)

Extent of occupier’s ordinary duty

(1)           An occupier of premises owes the same duty, the “common duty of care”, to all his visitors, except in so far as he is free to and does extend, restrict, modify or exclude his duty to any visitor or visitors by agreement or otherwise.

(2)           The common duty of care is a duty to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable to see that the visitor will be reasonably safe in using the premises for the purposes for which he is invited or permitted by the occupier to be there.

(3)           The circumstances relevant for the present purpose include the degree of care, and of want of care, which would ordinarily be looked for in such a visitor, so that (for example) in proper cases—

(a)           an occupier must be prepared for children to be less careful than adults; and

(b)           an occupier may expect that a person, in the exercise of his calling, will appreciate and guard against any special risks ordinarily incident to it, so far as the occupier leaves him free to do so.

(4)           In determining whether the occupier of premises has discharged the common duty of care to a visitor, regard is to be had to all the circumstances, so that (for example)—

(a)           where damage is caused to a visitor by a danger of which he had been warned by the occupier, the warning is not to be treated without more as absolving the occupier from liability, unless in all the circumstances it was enough to enable the visitor to be reasonably safe; and

(b)           where damage is caused to a visitor by a danger due to the faulty execution of any work of construction, maintenance or repair by an independent contractor employed by the occupier, the occupier is not to be treated without more as answerable for the danger if in all the circumstances he had acted reasonably in entrusting the work to an independent contractor and had taken such steps (if any) as he reasonably ought in order to satisfy himself that the contractor was competent and that the work had been properly done.

(5)           The common duty of care does not impose on an occupier any obligation to a visitor in respect of risks willingly accepted as his by the visitor (the question whether a risk was so accepted to be decided on the same principles as in other cases in which one person owes a duty of care to another).

(6)           For the purposes of this section, persons who enter premises for any purpose in the exercise of a right conferred by law are to be treated as permitted by the occupier to be there for that purpose, whether they in fact have his permission or not.

Experience

Our risk assessors and auditors are Health and Safety Consultants who are members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, with at least five years experience in Health and Safety auditing.

Areas of the UK can we deliver Property risk assessments.

We have nationwide coverage for Property Risk Assessments and regularly carry out audits across the country including London and the South East, Bristol and the South West, Birmingham, Midlands, Leeds, Yorkshire Manchester, Liverpool, Middlesbrough. Newcastle, Edinburgh and Scotland.  

CALL US NOW FOR A CHAT ABOUT YOUR PROPERTY RISK ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS ON 0845 2240028, Email Philip@smseurope.co.uk or fill in our contact form below.

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