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Posted 20 February 2019

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We have established a Residents’ Building Safety Group

A group of our tenants are working closely with staff to drive a new approach to building safety.

We have established a new Residents’ Building Safety Group to equip our tenants with the skills and knowledge to influence and challenge health and safety policies.

It is part of our commitment to tenant involvement; ensuring residents’ voices are listened to.

Twelve tenants have been appointed onto the group to represent those living in blocks of flats, retirement living complexes, general homes and leaseholders.

Neil Webster, Head of Regeneration here at Ongo, said: “The safety of our tenants is our number one priority. Although we already had a wide range of comprehensive safety measures in place, we wanted to ensure our tenants felt listened to, and were aware of how they could raise questions with us.

“This group goes further than that though. We are providing tenants on the group with formal training and sharing information with them so they can actively participate and influence our building safety policies and practices.”

The group has the following objectives:

  • Ensure a system is in place so residents safety concerns are listened to and responded to quickly
  • Develop standards for communicating critical building safety information to tenants, their households and visitors, including those with diverse needs
  • Agree a process to ensure residents who wish to, are able to access more detailed building safety information
  • Agree health and safety performance information that residents can easily understand and monitor
  • Explore options as to how residents can be made aware of their own role in ensuring their own safety
  • Identify partners that can help to keep residents safe and signpost our residents to them
  • Ensure collective residents’ H&S concerns are considered to identify learning for the future

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