We have officially been recognised as ‘excellent’ as part of British Safety Council’s Occupational Health and Safety Audit.
The Five Star Audit is a comprehensive, contemporary and quantified process which benchmarks health and safety management performance against the latest best practice techniques. Receiving this reflects on how we manage occupational health, safety and wellbeing; as we have been able to demonstrate best practice in four out of five indicators.
The recognition followed a four-day audit of our arrangements by the British Safety Council, during May 2021.
The auditor said in its report: “It was evident that at all levels engagement and commitment to deliver the requirements of the occupational health, safety and wellbeing management system is consistently understood and applied, the drive to ensure that the management of occupational health, safety and wellbeing risk is seen as business as usual was apparent.”
On receiving the recognition, Lewisham Homes CEO Margaret Dodwell said: “I am delighted that the British Safety Council has awarded Lewisham Homes its prestigious Five Star accreditation for ‘best practice’ in occupational health and safety and wellbeing.”
“This recognises our positive health and safety culture and focus on well-being that we have developed in the Lewisham Homes team. It’s a great foundation for us to build upon as we seek to continuously improve and complements the recent achievement in being certified to BS9997 in Fire Safety Management, and provides a solid platform to meet our building safety duties.”
The audit measured performance against key health and safety management best practice indicators and a detailed review of over 60 component elements. Achieving the five-star grading is a result from our commitment towards the continual improvement of health and safety management systems and associated arrangements.
The auditor noted: “The culture is one of engagement and participation. Those interviewed demonstrated awareness of the arrangements in place for the management of health, safety and wellbeing risks and showed an understanding of their responsibilities in the management of those risks.”