National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week 2023 is here. At Amthal, we recognise the vital importance of working together to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.
With this year’s theme seeing the launch of “Together for safety”, this week serves as a reminder of the ongoing commitment to uphold high standards of safety and compliance, making sure that all individuals have a secure place to call home. And we are proactively working with the sector to contribute to this critical mission.
Understanding National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week
This week is an annual initiative aimed at raising awareness about the importance of maintaining safe and compliant living conditions for individuals in social housing.
It provides a platform for the whole supply chain – housing associations, contractors, and related organisations – to come together, share insights, and discuss strategies to ensure the highest standards of social housing safety and compliance.
Our Group Sales Director, Deane Sales says: “National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week is always an important calendar event. But this year it is particularly pertinent with the focus on fire safety and new legislation. It supports Dame Judith Hackitt’s calls for the sector to act faster and address safety and cultural issues in the sector.
“With the advent of The Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023, we believe that the week has a role in helping to redefine the standards and be the change for a safer social housing approach in the UK. Amthal for one is here to proactively help progress towards guaranteed compliance and total protection when it comes to fire safety and security”.
The core principles of social housing safety and compliance:
- Fire safety: One of the primary concerns is fire safety in social housing, with the hope that a tragedy such as Grenfell can never happen again. It’s crucial to prevent fires, provide effective alarm systems, and ensure residents are well-informed about emergency procedures.
- Security: Residents should feel secure in their homes. This means robust security systems, from access control to surveillance, to safeguard against intrusion and provide peace of mind.
- Maintenance and repairs: Regular maintenance and repairs are essential to address safety hazards promptly. This includes everything from structural issues to utilities.
- Compliance with regulations: Social housing providers must adhere to strict regulations. This includes adhering to building codes, energy efficiency standards, and various safety regulations.
Amthal’s commitment to social housing safety and compliance:
At Amthal, we understand the unique challenges presented by the social housing sector. We see the need to involve residents, sector representatives, colleagues and authorities to assess safety and compliance and provide:
- Compliant fire protection solutions: We offer the latest fire detection and prevention systems, including smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and emergency lighting. We help social housing providers develop fire safety strategies tailored to their specific needs.
- Security systems: Amthal provides advanced security systems like access control, CCTV surveillance, and intruder alarms. We work closely with housing associations to design security solutions that suit their individual properties.
- Maintenance and servicing: Regular maintenance and servicing are crucial for ensuring that safety and security systems remain effective. Our team is on hand to carry out checks and provide necessary repairs and upgrades.
- Compliance expertise: We keep up-to-date with the latest safety and compliance regulations, helping housing associations maintain their properties to the highest standards while remaining in full compliance with latest legislation.
National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to providing safe and secure homes for those in social housing.
At Amthal, we’re dedicated to playing our part in this important mission. As we observe this week, we encourage a collaborative approach, where “together for safety” we can prioritise the well-being of residents and ensure they can live in a safe environment.
By working together, we can continue to strengthen social housing safety and guarantee compliance, transforming safety culture now and in the future.
At Amthal, we are one of the nation’s trusted fire and security protection partners. Read more about how we provide complete and ongoing safety and compliance in the property management industry.