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Housing association's gets 5-star safety grading

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Health

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Housing association mhs homes has been given a 5-star grading in the British Safety Council’s occupational health and safety audit - the highest rating possible.

The audit involved a detailed and objective evaluation of the  8,000-home provider's occupational health and safety management systems, and measured its performance against a number of key safety management indicators.

The BSC’s audit provides organisations with a worldwide benchmark of their safety management systems against current best practice to enable continual improvement.

The audit specification was revised in 2013 to include performance measurements in two additional safety management indicators (Leadership and Continuous Improvement) which are continually assessed, alongside other indicators, throughout the audit process.

Within the revised audit, the BSC has placed a greater emphasis on an organisation’s approach to occupational health, employee wellbeing, safety culture, allocation of resources to health and safety and planning for change; all of which are considered important best practice factors.

Phillip Firmin, health and safety manager at mhs homes, said: “Everyone at mhs homes is thrilled with our score of 96.69% overall. In particular, our approach to compliance, inspections and monitoring was highlighted as a key strength. This result demonstrates our ongoing commitment to health and safety in relation to our staff, partners, customers and the local community.”

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