SEATTLE—August 09, 2016—The national Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group has announced Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) as the winner of its 2016 Risk Management Award for the Resident Safety category.
As part of its ongoing commitment to providing a safe living environment for residents and a safe work environment for staff members, SHA implemented a new scored Facility Safety Audit (FSA) in January 2015. The FSA enhances the agency’s safety measures and regulatory compliance for its buildings.
In the 2015 revision of the previous FSA, which had been in place for several years, new sections were added to improve overall safety at each site location, including General Safety, General Housekeeping, Hazard Communication, Egress, Fire and Electrical Hazards Prevention and Safety, Building Exterior and Grounds, Workplace Violence Prevention and Safe Work Behaviors.
“On behalf of our residents, we are honored to receive the HAI Group’s Risk Management Award for Resident Safety,” said Andrew Lofton, Executive Director of SHA. “We are continuously finding ways to improve the safety of our buildings and appreciate this recognition of our efforts.”
The new FSA has further strengthened the partnership between the Safety, Health and Emergency Manager and Property Management. Once an audit is completed, results are shared with the building’s property management staff and work orders are issued to fix any problems. SHA also implemented a recognition program for buildings that score 90 percent or higher to boost morale and drive heightened attention to safety throughout the organization.
About Seattle Housing Authority
The mission of the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is to enhance the Seattle community by creating and sustaining decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and self-sufficiency for people with low incomes. SHA provides long-term, low-income rental housing and rental assistance to more than 30,000 people in the City of Seattle. SHA owns and operates approximately 8,000 units at nearly 400 sites throughout the city. SHA also handles more than 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers, enabling low-income residents to receive rental assistance throughout the Seattle housing market. Approximately 13,000 SHA residents are elderly or disabled and about 9,500 are children. SHA, a public corporation established in 1939, is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, two of whom are SHA residents. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.