Sharing best practice to drive safety and improve landlord services

Hyde Housing along with Bell Group and other contractors have established a property services Health and Safety Core Group. The Group will support a more consistent approach to health, safety and operations which will make sites safer, as well as raising awareness of safety issues among contractors’ operatives.

The first three targets of the group are to improve near miss reporting, reducing working at height accidents and establishing a code of conduct. The group, which meets quarterly, is attended by Hyde staff, representatives from in-house contractor Hyde Property Services, along with contractors Keepmoat, Mears, Axis Europe, Purdy Contracts, SCCI Alpha Track, Anglian Windows, Gully Howard, Baily Garner, T Brown and Temple Lifts. Residents have also been invited to join meetings.

“As a result, work will be completed more safely and efficiently, the number of accidents will be reduced and will directly benefit Hyde, contractors and residents.” explained Hyde Housing’s Head of Stock Investment, Colin Harnor.

He added: “We understand from our contractors that this type of forum is unique in the social housing sector. One of the reasons is that, for it to be successful, group members have to trust and have mutual respect for one another. This reflects the philosophy of our partnering approach; the group is one of a number of our workstream-specific core groups.”

“Everyone needs to speak openly about their experiences and share what they have learned without fear of redress, in the case of a near miss or unsafe act for example. We have agreed to be transparent in our discussions and that any commercially-sensitive information will be confidential.” 

Keepmoat Regeneration Director, James Cousins commented: “This is a great initiative by Hyde, it makes everyone feel comfortable about sharing their experiences and processes. This will make the industry safer and help us all meet our duty of care to Hyde staff, operatives, residents and stakeholders.”