Thursday 26 May 2022

Unipol Student Homes, 155/157 Woodhouse Lane, Woodhouse, Leeds, LS2 3ED

Understanding Essential Health and Safety in Purpose Built Student Accommodation

Suitable for large-scale providers and operators of student accommodation, particularly relevant to the higher education sector and the purpose-built privately owned student accommodation sector. 

Health and safety requirements in large scale residential settings are complicated and rapidly evolving, with legal duties detailed in a patch work of unrelated legislation. Most PBSA providers understand requirements that flow from the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in respect of the basic requirements for the common areas of buildings, but the complex regime related to residential areas ‘behind the flat door’ are less well understood. Nevertheless, operators of PBSA need to understand their obligations and design systems to manage their responsibilities on a daily basis.

This new course will be delivered over two days on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2022 has been created to try and provide PBSA operators with an essential understanding of their legal requirements in relation to residential accommodation, and will be led by a trainer with considerable knowledge of the subject:

  • An introduction to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and its application
  • The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 
  • The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations
  • Fire Safety Act 2021
  • Property licensing- HMO and Selective Licensing
  • The range of HMO Management Regulations
  • Typical issues found in PBSA – electrical issues, routes of escape, emergency lighting and condensation and mould
  • Legionella

This course will assist operators to understand their legal obligations and will also help building managers to prepare for verification visits under the ANUK/Unipol National Codes.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the main areas of health and safety regulation in relation to residential accommodation
  • Grasp what the common areas of non-compliance are and how to deal with this
  • Have an understanding of the enforcement regime in this area
  • Be aware of how the ANUK/Unipol Codes verification process operates in relation to health and safety
  • Have the ability to make sound choices and judgements when faced with a number of common scenarios in relation to health and safety
  • Be aware of how to avoid mistakes and poor management practices that lead to costly and time-consuming issues
  • Have improved confidence when dealing with tenants, parents, building owners and the ANUK/Unipol verification process.

This course covers topics that will help you avoid common compliance pitfalls and give you confidence when carrying out your role.  Please note because of the nature of this training, the majority of the content is based on English law and may not be applicable in other legal jurisdictions. 

Benefits to you:

  • Develop and refine your understanding of health and safety to enable you to comply with legal requirements and avoid costly mistakes
  • Expand your knowledge, grow your expertise and ensure you follow good practice
  • Feel confident to deal with a number of common issues
  • Opportunities for networking

Benefits to your organisation:

  • Equip your team with the knowledge they need to understand why to comply, not just what is required, and therefore deal with problems before they arise.

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Day One: 10am – 4.30pm

Day Two: 9.15am – 4.00pm


Accommodation - Leeds

This is a two day in person event, so delegates who require accommodation will need to secure this in Leeds. The nearest hotels to the Unipol Board Room venue are:

Premier Inn, Leeds Arena (6 minute walk)

Ibis Styles, Leeds Arena (9 minute walk)

Radisson Blu, The Light (11 minute walk)

How is the course delivered?

This course will be taking place in person in Unipol dedicated training facility in Leeds. The session will include learning materials, exercises and the opportunity to discuss the topic with other delegates and the trainer. Aimed specifically at staff working in student accommodation, it will also provide a valuable opportunity for networking and sharing experiences with other colleagues in the sector.

This course will be led by Richard Lord, environmental health consultant and verifier for the ANUK/Unipol Codes.

Please note because of the nature of this training, the majority of the content is based on English law and may not be applicable in other legal jurisdictions. In addition, this course will provide some information in respect of fire safety but will not going into detail into the fire risk assessment process, which is the subject of another course which is currently under development.

Bookings for this event will close two weeks before the event is scheduled to take place.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £340

Friends of Unipol Rate - £305

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