WM becomes first housing association to achieve highest rating for health and safety in first audit

We have achieved the highest possible health and safety score in a recent audit making us the only housing association to have achieved this.

We received the Level 5 Diamond Award with a health and safety performance rating of 95% in a recent Quality Safety Audit by The Royal Social for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The audit is a unique system developed to provide a complete and comprehensive health and safety management audit.

The six-day audit examined the effectiveness and quality of our health and safety management systems, policies and procedures, as well as knowledge, understanding, implementation and evidence.

It means:

  • We are the first housing association to achieve the Level 5 Diamond Award on our first attempt
  • We are one of only a handful of organisations to achieve the Level 5 Diamond Award in their first attempt
  • To achieve Level 5, organisations need to score at least 80% in each of the 11 criteria. We scored an impressive 90% and above in all the 11 criteria
  • The small number of organisations that have achieved Level 5 usually take 6-8 years to do this. We achieved Level 5 status in six months, following on from our initial internal audits in June last year.

Our Chief Executive, Kevin Rodgers, says: “This is a fantastic achievement and to be the first housing association to achieve it first time round is brilliant. Well done to everyone involved, it has been a huge team effort.

“It’s extremely difficult to achieve this award at this level so I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and dedication over the last six months.

“The most positive aspect for me is that this isn’t just an audit of our policies and procedures – it also includes our culture and working practices.

“A huge amount of effort has gone into improving health and safety across the Group and it’s brilliant to see it paying off. To receive expert and independent validation of our approach to health and safety and our ethos is fantastic.”

This award follows a huge increase in health and safety compliance across the Group over the last six months.

Our average health and safety score is now an impressive 94%, compared to 65% in June last year, with an average improvement score of 29%.