We have just read in the latest IRPM technical update that a management company advised residents that the odd job person was unable to change light bulbs as he would only be protected from negligence if a competent electrician carried out the job.
The residents referred the matter to the HSE’s mythbusters panel which took a different view as follows.
“Health and safety at work legislation does not require the use of a competent electrician to change light bulbs in a residential property. Confusing a perceived (but in all probability low) risk of being sued for negligence with the requirements of health and safety legislation is unhelpful, and can distort the aim of the legislation, which is to ensure a proportionate approach to managing risks.”
We totally agree and really believe in a proportionate approach to management. If you have any property management needs please contact us and don’t forget to look at our special Christmas offer too!