15 January, 2008
Leading local law firm Forbes Solicitors recently hosted a full-day seminar for 170 Registered Social Landlords (RSL's), who manage a combined housing stock in excess of half a million homes throughout the UK. The seminar held in Manchester aimed to help them understand the key Health and Safety issues affecting the social housing sector.
The legal team at Forbes presented on a range of issues including Gas Safety, Fire Safety, obligations to Employees, Criminal Liability, Electrical Safety, Legionella and Asbestos. They were joined by representatives from Lancashire Fire and Rescue, the Electrical Contractors Association, Legionella Control - who deal with the control of Legionella bacteria in water based engineered systems, Encompassed Ltd - a company focused on driving down the number of people affected by asbestos by raising awareness through training and Morgan Lambert Ltd - who provide gas related quality assurance and management services to the housing sector.
Delegates from over sixty RSL's were welcomed to the seminar by Managing Partner of Forbes Solicitors John Barker, along with two special guests, Peter Marcus, leading barrister from Young Street Chambers in Manchester and Ron Price, an Audit Commission Housing Inspector who joined the panel of experts to answer delegates questions.
One of the delegates in attendance, Ray Addicott a Legal Executive with Blackburn based Twin Valley Homes Ltd commented "It was an excellent event and covered many prominent areas of Housing Health and Safety. As an RLS, Twin Valley Homes Ltd is committed to ensuring that health and safety issues affecting all tenants are rigorously addressed. Part of this process is ensuring that procedures are regularly reviewed and that new and innovative ways of approaching tenants are adopted, especially where the ultimate sanction could be an order for possession of the property such as problems with gaining access for gas certification. Forbes' training seminars are always clear, direct and informative and presented by the specialist for the subject area in question. There is also the added advantage that the seminar fees are set at a very reasonable level which means this is a very cost and time effective way of gaining the required knowledge without trawling through reams of often very complex legislation"
John Barker, Managing Partner of Forbes Solicitors commented "Health and Safety encompasses a wide range of issues for the social housing sector and managing their obligations is a key issue. This is evident by the sheer number of RSL's in attendance. Having gained significant experience in this area over the years we wanted to bring these people together to share our knowledge with them and encourage best practice"