We use a risk assessment approach called the housing health and safety rating system. The aim is to enable risks from hazards to health and safety in dwellings to be removed or minimised.
What are the hazards?
The system can deal with 29 different hazards ranging from damp and mould growth to electrical hazards.
You can find more information on the housing health and safety rating system page of the Government website.
How are assessments made?
The assessment process is not just a question of spotting defects, but is all about risk assessment, outcomes and effects.
When an inspector finds a hazard, two key tests are applied:
- the likelihood of a dangerous occurrence as a result of this hazard
- the likely outcome if there is such an occurrence
Category scores are calculated based on the level of assessed risk. The hazard score does not dictate the enforcement action to be taken, but we have a duty to take action of some kind if they discover a category one hazard that poses an immediate risk to health in a property, and have a power to take action to deal with a category two hazard that poses less immediate risk.
We will be guided by three main points when making an enforcement decision:
- The housing health and safety rating system hazard rating.
- Whether we have a duty or power under the Act to take action.
- The best way of dealing with a hazard having regard to the enforcement guidance.