Property Risk Audits
Property owners and managers are confronted with the need to meet a broad range of legislation, risk management and compliance requirements. This can include the additional challenge of navigating through various state-based requirements for portfolios operating across state borders.
Greencap has been providing property risk audit and compliance services for over 30 years and is equipped with a range of innovative tools and tailored programs to add value across a portfolio and provide practical solutions to mitigate risk. The dedicated team of multi-disciplinary experts across all states and territories of Australia and New Zealand enables the provision of targeted and specific advice to clients in this area.
Greencap will work with you to develop a tailored audit tool and approach to ensure we achieve appropriate client outcomes and can add value across the property or portfolio. Greencap provide a free desktop audit tool for property owners or managers to get a snapshot of their compliance, with further details below on the typical areas we would cover as part of this independent assessment.
Asbestos and Hazardous Materials
Exposure to asbestos can potentially be fatal.
- Does the site have a register and management plan?
- Is labelling of potential or confirmed asbestos materials available?
- Is there a plan to manage potential disturbance during refurbishment and/or demolition works?
Most properties will utilise and store a range of chemicals, which if not stored and handled correctly can result in a potential environmental/contamination issue or potential personal injury due to exposure.
- Is a register of chemicals available and are Safety Data Sheets (SDS) readily available?
- Is storage of chemicals appropriate (spill containment, incompatible chemicals segregated)?
Cooling Towers/Warm Water Systems
Whilst cases of legionella exposure have reduced over the years there still over 100 reported cases across Australia each year.
- Is a Risk Management Plan available?
- Are testing and inspection/maintenance services completed in line with agreed frequencies and have any issues been identified during recent services?
- Is safe access available to the tower for maintenance purposes?
Working at Heights
Heights are another hazard that has the potential to end in a fatality if not appropriately managed.
- Have potential hazards/risks been identified and are appropriate control measures available?
- Has relevant equipment been appropriately tested/maintained?
- Are emergency rescue plans available for works involving fall arrest?
Just because you have engaged an expert to undertake a job/task doesn’t mean you are totally absolved of your safety duties.
- How are contractors pre-qualified prior to works being completed?
- Are they provided with an appropriate induction and does it cover appropriate requirements?
- How are ongoing contractor monitoring programs implemented and tracked?
Whilst rarely entered the consequences if not managed appropriately can be fatal.
- Have potential confined spaces been identified and risk assessed?
- Are appropriate control measures available if an entry needs to occur such as a permit to work system?
Fire Safety/Emergency Management
Fire systems/essential safety measures are required to be inspected and maintained regularly, as is training for occupants in the event of an emergency.
- Are appropriate systems in place to protect the building and occupants in the event of a fire or other emergency?
- Are appropriate plans in place and are workers aware of these requirements?