BHP Awarded 5 stars for Health and Safety
Published by Nadia Khan for Brent Housing Partnership in Housing and also in Health, Local Government
From left to right: St Ledger Homes (ALMO) representative, Gerry Doherty (Chief Executive of BHP), Kathy Ellison (Chair of BHP’s Board), Christina Byrne (Corporate Services Manager), Linda Footer (Head of Corporate Services), and St Ledger Homes (ALMO)
Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) has officially been awarded their certificate for achieving a five star rating (this is the highest possible rating) following their recent British Safety Council (BSC) Five Star Health and Safety Management System Audit. BHP was presented with their certificate at BSC’s award ceremony held on 30 June at HQS Wellington.
Health and Safety has always been a top priority of BHP, this award is a result of a great deal of hard work right across the organisation in the last few years across all areas such as Fire Safety, Gas Servicing, Lone Working, Legionella, Roof top Safety, Lifts, Asbestos Management and communal windows safety.
The BSC undertook a week long audit at BHP’s offices in early February 2011; they reviewed all of the policies and procedures, undertook site visits across the housing stock and interviewed staff right across the organisation.
The assessor was very impressed with the systems he found in place at BHP. The accreditation lasts for three years, and BHP will be regularly assessed to ensure it is continuously improving services, and maintaining health and safety.
Gerry Doherty, Chief Executive of BHP, said: “We joined the British Safety Council not to achieve this award for awards sake but to externally test ourselves in this increasing demanding area of Health and Safety. We were told at the start of the audit that it was very rare for an organisation to achieve the 5 star status at its first attempt, and therefore the result is something that staff can feel justifiably proud of.”