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Yorkshire Housing’s Electrical Compliance team have just finished a five-year programme of inspection and testing of our properties – a full sweep of the housing stock.

Paul Simpson, from the housing association’s compliance team, reports that Yorkshire Housing changed its frequency of electrical inspections back in 2014.

This brought the business in line with technical guidance and sector good working practice.

It resulted in Yorkshire Housing building a new team of electricians to ensure we could provide quality, consistent service and ensured standards were maintained.

Led by Peter Rowbotham, the team from the Homeworks division have spent five years assessing the housing association’s entire 18,000-plus stock of dwellings.

They have now gone back to the beginning by revisiting the homes last checked five years ago.

Paul joked: “It’s like the (Forth rail) bridge, you just get to the end and then it’s time to start all over again.”

In that time the team of 10 electricians, with support from the compliance administration team, have assessed every property in the Yorkshire Housing portfolio.

Some properties were relatively recent stock transfers and Paul said: “We had difficulty with some tenants in accessing properties as they’d lived there for years and never had anyone round to check the safety of their electrics.

 

“But the compliance admin team have persevered, explaining the importance of the service and working closely with our Neighbourhoods team to arrange access.

 

“The tenants have realised it was for their benefit and the feedback we got from our work was amazing.

 

“We also identified a number of potential safeguarding issues, which has resulted in Neighbourhoods being able to provide additional support for our tenants.”

In order to improve Yorkshire Housing’s good practice, the team imposed their own target for completing improvement works following an inspection, such as upgrading a home’s earthing, circuit protection, smoke alarms and accessories, within 120 days.

Paul said: “Over the past five years, we have created more than 26,000 electrical certificates and all these have been kept, so when the team visits next they are able to compare test results and help identify any degradation within the circuits.

 

“This helps to ensure we are able to identify potential problems and make the required repair before the tenants have any issue.

 

“Tenant safety is paramount to us and we are lucky to have a great team within Homeworks. As well as their technical ability, they are consistently scoring high in customer satisfaction.”

 

These figures show the work carried out over the last five years:

 

DESCRIPTION

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Quantity of smoke alarms installed

1518

2081

1706

1681

1498

8484

Quantity of Carbon Monoxide Alarms installed

883

1314

1168

2006

1418

6789

Quantity of Heat alarms installed

917

1264

917

899

701

4698

Consumer units replaced

171

279

258

209

138

1055

Bathroom lights replaced

668

828

653

592

405

3146

Broken socket replaced

612

793

866

929

739

3939

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