Community Health & Safety

All strata schemes in New South Wales have a legal obligation and moral ‘Duty of Care’ to ensure the health and safety of all people using common property.

Failure to meet your ‘Duty of Care’ obligations may result in a large financial impact to your scheme as a consequence of an incident where someone is hurt, and may include compensation claims, either or both under Common Law or Commercial Law.

BCS Strata Management introduces Community Health & Safety (CH&S), a new service that offers committee members and owners a practical solution to minimise the risks to your scheme.

ACT NOW TO MINIMISE RISK TO YOUR SCHEME. CONTACT YOUR PORTFOLIO MANAGER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Community Health & Safety

As your strata management company, we are continually looking for new ways to improve our client services. By choosing to use the Community Health & Safety (CH&S) service you will ensure that your scheme is able to demonstrate that it is taking all the reasonably practical steps to ensure the health and safety of all users of your common property.

There is no excuse in claiming ignorance as breaches in obligations under 'Duty of Care' can cost dearly  if someone is hurt. Incidents do and will occur. Doing something to prevent them is simple and easy with professional advice.

So if you are aware of any known potential Health & Safety (H&S) risks or hazards  that could affect any person using the common areas of your complex, you need to report this immediately to your Committee or Portfolio Manager.

Community Health & Safety is a low cost service that offers you:

  • Guides and ongoing updates
  • Health & Safety reporting system
  • Tracking of incidents and known hazards
  • 24/7 call center to report hazards & incidents

What does Community Health & Safety do for you?

How does CH&S manage your Duty of Care obligations:

Benefits of using Community Health & Safety (CH&S):

  • Hours of operation: 24 Hours / 7 Days a week
  • A free to call service for all Health & Safety issues
  • CH&S is available for committees, owners, tenants, temporary residents, contractors, employees and visitors to contact and advise us of any H&S issues
  • Our CH&S staff are able to advise on temporary measures to rectify H&S issues until standard work hours
  • CH&S staff have access to all of your plan details, and are able to identify if there are already works being undertaken, thus preventing unnecessary callouts
  • CH&S will log and monitor all H&S hazards to ensure that the works are being managed in a timely and efficient manner
  • CH&S will log and monitor all H&S incidents to ensure that the records are kept accurately and efficiently, and that the appropriate regulatory bodies are informed
  • CH&S can produce quarterly reports showing what H&S issues have been identified, what was done, or needs to be done, to rectify the issues, and keep these reports for future reference
  • CH&S can track works on buildings, identify any recurring H&S problem areas, advise your portfolio manager accordingly, and follow up on the rectifications required
  • CH&S can help committees identify the H&S responsibilities, and provide the scheme with standard sets of Safety Guides to ensure a safer building and surrounds
  • CH&S can work with your professional safety advisors, helping to monitor any risks or hazards identified in their reports, to ensure that potential incidents are avoided
  • CH&S staff can identify emergency situations which require immediate rectification, and arrange for the appropriate qualified contractor/s to rectify
  • Our CH&S contractors are part of our exclusive Community Select database, thereby ensuring that they are suitably qualified, registered and insured
  • The committee will have access to H&S Guides and relevant updates via Community HUB
  • Improved tracking of CH&S issues, including work orders and invoicing via Community Hub.

ACT NOW TO MINIMISE RISK TO YOUR SCHEME. CONTACT YOUR PORTFOLIO MANAGER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Community Health & Safety

Be informed. Read the factsheets below.

NSW Factsheets on Health & Safety

Work Health & Safety - Fast Facts (144.44kb)

Does this apply to our scheme  (187.51kb)

Committee Responsibilities (107.85kb)

Managing Risk – Your ‘Duty of Care’ (124.5kb)

Risk in engaging uncertified contractors (127.79kb)

Duty of Care – 5 Practical next steps (187.2kb)