We are pleased and proud to be pledging our support to National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week
This yearly event, (21 - 25 June for 2021), aims to shine a spotlight on the work housing providers do to keep their customers safe, and to make sure we comply with all safety regulations and guidance.
It was just four years ago, on 14 June 2017, that we all woke up to hear the terrible news about what had happened at Grenfell Tower, something we never want to hear again. Following the investigations and recommendations after the tragedy, a lot has changed, and everyone who works in housing is doing what they can to make sure such a tragedy never happens again. But, there is still lots to do and we all must take responsibility for the safety of our customers. Signing up to this event means we are joining with housing providers across the country to commit to small and big actions to improve customer safety today, tomorrow and in the future.
Customer Building & Safety Manager Nick Warden says: “Customer safety has always been a top priority for Accent, but the last four years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy have seen huge changes in regulation that all housing associations need to introduce. We are working through the changes we need to make steadily, and in close contact with our customers, making sure their views are paramount in any decisions we make.”
“I’m delighted we can sign up for this campaign and make our pledges to, amongst other, challenge, always listen to our customers and do whatever it takes to make sure our customers’ safety remains our top priority, not just in terms of fire safety, but all elements of safety in our customers’ homes.”.
“Signing up means that we are not only paying tribute to those involved with or affected by the Grenfell tragedy, we are helping to work to shape the future of building safety across the UK.”
National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week is being arranged by the Association of Safety and Compliance Professionals (ASCP), in association with CORGI.
Building Safer Futures
Earlier this year, those working in the construction and management of buildings was encouraged to sign-up to a new charter for safety, the Building A Safer Future Charter.
The charter, which is also about putting people’s safety first, was created following a number of safety recommendations emerging from the Grenfell enquiry. Its aim is to promote urgent and positive change in the building environment so safety always comes first.
We have added our signature to the charter, joining other organisations to make sure our buildings are safe for those who live and work in them, and to put safety above all else.
It’s good to see customer safety getting the focus it needs and absolutely deserves.