Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Health and Safety

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 20 February 2024.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Photo of Simon Hoare Simon Hoare Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Department currently occupies 22 buildings which the Government Property Agency manages on a day to day basis on its behalf. GPA responsibilities include ensuring that statutory health and safety requirements in relation to the buildings are met. GPA confirms that it has a comprehensive set of risk assessments for DLUHC buildings and therefore meets the requirements of regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

DLUHC itself is responsible for workplace risk assessments such as display risk assessments, lone working risk assessments, and travel risk assessments. DLUHC policy is for workplace risk assessments to be completed on a case by case basis, and Department staff routinely complete the assessments where they are required.

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