Residential Property Health And Safety White Paper Clarifies Legislation

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Communal areas fall under workplace law. Regulations are many and varied, according to Cardinus report.

DIRECTORS of residents’ management companies, landlords and agents have been reminded of their health and safety responsibilities in a white paper published by Cardinus Risk Management.

The white paper has been designed to help those people responsible for the management of residential properties to understand the many and varied types of legislation that govern these types of buildings.

James Truscott, managing director of Cardinus Property said, “It’s important to remember things like communal areas of residential properties are deemed to be a place of work. Therefore various pieces of legislation are applied to them, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, the relatively new Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, which require regular risk assessments to be carried out by a competent person.

“When you add fire safety, gas and electrical safety and asbestos regulations, there is a need for very specialised knowledge, so residents’ management companies need to be able to trust in good advice from experts.”

Ultimately, it is the duty of the “responsible person” within the residents’ management company, landlord or managing agent to ensure compliance with the various regulations and legislation. The purpose of the Cardinus white paper is to highlight the importance and complexity of the responsibilities and provide clarity.

Directors and other responsible people can obtain their free copy of the Cardinus Risk Management white paper, Directors’ responsibilities – health and safety in relation to property, via a dedicated website at: http://www.cardinus-property.co.uk so order your copy now. For more information about Cardinus Risk Management you can also call 020 7469 0200.

Notes to Editors
Cardinus directors, experts and consultants are available for interview and quotes on industry issues. The full range of Cardinus consultancy services can be seen on its website, http://www.cardinus.com or you can telephone 0207 469 0200 (UK) 1-866-966-3420 (US).

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