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The Housing Health and Safety Rating System
The Healthy Homes Rating System
A dwelling, including the structure and associated outbuildings and garden, yard and/or other amenity space, should provide a safe and healthy environment for the occupants and any visitors.
Damp and mould growth
Asbestos (and MMF)
CO and combustion products
Uncombusted fuel gas
Crowding and space
Entry by intruders
Domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
Falls associated with baths
Falling on level surfaces etc.
Falling on stairs etc.
Falling between levels
Flames, hot surfaces, etc.
Collision and entrapment
Position and operability of amenities
Structural collapse and falling elements
For each hazard:
Four classes of harm identified
Similar Hazards, with Differing Outcomes
There is a window with a low internal sill (about 250mm above the floor). A small child could climb onto the sill and open the window relatively easily and could fall out through the open window. The likelihood of this occurring over the next twelve months is judged to be around 1 in 180.
If that window is on the ground floor with grass immediately below, the outcome would be relatively minor – 99% Class IV (bruising) and perhaps 1% Class III (a strain or sprain). This would give a Hazard Score of 7 (Band J).
However, if that same window is on the 2nd floor with a paved area immediately below, the outcome would be major – 10% Class I (paralysis or even death), 80% Class II (serious fractures) and 10% Class III (a strain or sprain). This would give a Hazard Score of 1,016 (Band C).
Although in both cases the likelihood is the same, the Hazard Score reflects the dramatically different outcome.
(adapted from BRE, n.d.)
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