Did you know APM has a dedicated Health and Safety Advisor? In light of Sunday 28 April 2019 being World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we’d like you to meet Peter McDell, our knight in shining (fluro) armour.
Sunday 28 April 2019 was World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an international day promoted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) encouraging the safety and health of workers. According to WorkSafe around 50-60 people die from work related injuries each year in New Zealand, and Statistics NZ show that a total of 231,100 people had work-related injuries in the year 2017
In celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work we’d like you to meet Peter McDell (pictured above), our Health and Safety Advisor here at APM. Peter holds a dual role of Property Manager and Health and Safety Advisor and ensures the company is compliant in all aspects of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
So Peter, why is it important for a Property Management company to have a Health and Safety Advisor?
It’s important to have a Health and Safety Advisor role because property management companies are responsible for the contractors they employ as a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking). It is our responsibility to ensure we are compliant with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 in all aspects, especially with worker participation and hazard identification.
Property Managers are often out and about, driving across the city and going to places which can sometimes be in bad reception areas. Accidents and incidents can happen, so that is also why I have been liaising with Management to upgrade our initial strategies to include a workers safety mobile app – Get Home Safe. This will enable us to GPS track our Property Managers when they are on the job so if an incident occurs we can be notified and have an action plan in place.
So what does your job as Health and Safety Advisor for Auckland Property Management entail?
My role is two pronged with aspects of health and safety within the office and outside the office. Within the office I ensure the safety of our staff, conduct annual hazard reviews and chair six-monthly health and safety meetings with Management. I also maintain the accident and incident register for accidents that may happen at work.
Outside of the office I often monitor/observe our contractors to ensure their hazard identification, risk analysis and risk elimination processes are being followed when they are on our jobs. I also attend evictions, tenancy tribunal hearings and property inspections where the possibility of conflict may arise in order to support and protect our staff.
What types of jobs would you go observe?
I would observe jobs with high risk situations where there are often hazards, for example if a property in our portfolio needed tree felling, roofing, electrical work, gas appliance maintenance, or asbestos management. I conduct these checks on an auditing basis, so when a job comes through our maintenance system I liaise with the contractor to be invited to monitor that they are using the correct procedures. This ensures we are complaint as per our obligations as a landlord and PCBU.
Contractor compliance is a big health and safety risk, tell us how you are minimising the risk?
An important aspect of property management is liaising with contractors conducting repair and maintenance work on our landlord’s properties. As Health and Safety Advisor it is my responsibility to ensure that the contractors we use on behalf of our landlords, are compliant with all legislation and in particular the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. As a property management company we need to be supplied with a contractor’s trades certification, health and safety plan, and insurance policy. This ensures we are sending the right people to do the right job to ensure workers get home safe. This also minimises the risk to landlords, our company, and ensures our tenants are living in safe properties.
At the end of the day, being a Health and Safety Advisor is about eliminating or minimising the risk of harm that a hazard may pose. That goes for APM staff, our contractors, landlords, and our tenants.
You can learn more about Peter on our website here.
If you would like to work with a property management company that takes health and safety seriously, then contact us today!