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Management at One Housing Group: unresponsive on health & safety

Health and safety in the pandemic

 

Health and safety at work has taken on a whole new importance during the pandemic. Members have stepped forward to act as workplace health and safety reps and in many cases work well with the employer to ensure safety in the housing sector.  Unfortunately, however some employers have been unresponsive and unwilling to consult, this is particularly irresponsible in these times.  

 

 

At One Housing Group Unite safety reps have been denied access to risk assessments for extended periods and management have failed to acknowledge their role.  Health and safety reps are not only legally entitled to see risk assessments, but the regulations say they should be consulted in their preparation. When our reps pointed out the legal position OHG management bizarrely pointed out that certain fire safety had been repealed but ignored the provisions of the health and safety at work act to which their attention had been drawn. 

 

Willing to comply

 

Unite is pleased to report that OHG management have now said that they are willing to comply with our request for health and safety inspections which our reps will shortly be carrying out.

 

If our reps uncover serious risks Unite will require OHG to take appropriate action immediately to ensure safety of both workers and tenants. Unite health and safety reps should not have had to wait this long before being able to carry out this essential task.

 

For resources on health and safety see our 'tool kit'

 

October 16th 2020

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