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Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

  • Housing Health and Safety Rating System. HA 2004.
  • This requires landlords or letting agents to conduct a risk assessment on all properties in accordance with a 29 point checklist and
  • to take steps to minimise such risks.
    Hydrothermal Conditions:
    1. Damp and mould growth
    2. Excess cold
    3. Excess heat
  2. Pollutants (non-microbial):
    1. Asbestos (and MMF)
    2. Biocides
    3. Carbon Monoxide and fuel combustion products
    4. Lead
    5. Radiation
    6. Un-combusted fuel gas
    7. Volatile Organic Compounds
  3. Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS):
    Space, Security, Light and Noise:
    1. Crowding and space
    2. Entry by intruders
    3. Lighting
    4. Noise 
    Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply: 
    1. Domestic hygiene, Pests and Refuse
    2. Food safety
    3. Personal hygiene, Sanitation and Drainage - e.g. includes risk from Legionella - e.g. where water rests in pipes undisturbed for a time at certain warm temperatures, bacteria accumulate, so when arriving at a property after a possible period of non-occupancy flush toilets since inhaled vaporised droplets can be harmful - particularly to vulnerable people with lowered immune systems, e.g. during or following illness..
    4. Water supply for Domestic Purposes - following a vacation or upon first arrival run taps for a short time before drinking to ensure fresh and free of Legionnaires' disease. 
    1. Falls associated with baths, etc.
    2. Falls on the level
    3. Falls associated with stairs and steps (ensure adequate handrails)
    4. Falls between level 
      Electric Shocks, Fires, Burns and Scalds: 
    5. Electrical hazards (fit trip switches)
    6. Fire(provide smoke and heat detectors, fire blanket, etc.) fire certificates evince due diligence.
    7. Hot surfaces and materials 
      Collisions, Cuts and Strains: 
    8. Collision and entrapment
    9. Explosions
    10. Ergonomics (human factors affecting the ability to function, e.g. opening a fire door with no physical strength to push the door open if elderly). Leydon Lettings has just agreed to alter a period property which is not dangerous per se but presents a risk to the tenant who suffers from dizzy spells.
    11. Structural collapse and failing element
Published: 8 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021