Residents know that Genesis says one thing and does another. They have often proclaimed that they take fire safety seriously – particularly after the Grenfell disaster.
This doesn’t exactly square with our research which seems to suggests that the London Fire Brigade served Genesis with more Fire Safety Enforcement Notices since 2015 than any other homes provider in Greater London, whether council or housing association.
Some councils and housing associations were not served with any Fire Safety Notices – proving that ‘zero enforcement notices’ is achievable if fire safety is taken seriously.
Genesis refuse to disclose Fire Risk Assessments
Genesis is required to do its own fire safety assessments (FRAs).
In a letter in October 2017, Genesis refused to publish them on the grounds that the FRAs change over time. Their ‘expert’ contractor is that well known health and safety expert company……..Savills.
Genesis say that:
“Savills did not produce a single ‘all encompassing’ report. They produced FRAs for each block reviewed. The FRAs are not published as they are constantly being updated – as the work is done to address any issues raised by the report, the associated risk will necessarily change, making the relevant FRA become out of date. Consequently, publishing these reports would not give a true picture of the risks. Genesis will keep this under review.”
One recent request for disclosure of a FRA came from a Genesis resident who is a qualified member of the Institute of Safety & Health (IOSH), the main body for professional health and safety experts in the UK. This resident was also refused.
Hackney Council has released its fire safety assessments. It credits its residents with intelligence enough to understand them whilst also proving that it has nothing to hide.
2,493 Genesis blocks need Fire Risk Assessments
And how many residents might be in the situation of not knowing about the FRA of their own home? In October when Genesis wrote refusing disclosure of the FRAs for all its blocks they said that:
“Genesis defines ‘high rise’ as any building above six storeys. We have identified 2,493 other blocks which require FRAs (which, by definition, are not ‘high rise’ although equally they may not be ‘multi-storey’ as these blocks will include sheltered/care schemes).”
Only three block have sprinklers
In reply to our question about sprinklers, Genesis told us that only 3 of their blocks of flats have a sprinkler system.
What about communal fire systems when Genesis sells one flat in a block or house?
One consequence of Genesis selling off social rent homes is that the new private owners can disconnect from the communal fire alarm system. Did Genesis do a risk assessment of possible problems arising from their sell offs? And did they not not spot that this could happen? Or did they decide that it was worth the risk?
So, lots of questions and lots of work for Genesis Residents to do to force Genesis to act properly and disclose Fire Risk Assessments to their residents.
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