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        What do you consider a housing hazard?

        A Physiological Requirements

        1. Damp and mould growth

        Exposure to house dust mites, damp, mould or fungal growths

        2. Excess cold

        Exposure to low temperatures

        3. Excess heat

        Exposure to high temperatures.

        4. Asbestos (and manufactured mineral fibres)

        Exposure to asbestos fibres or manufactured mineral fibres.

        5. Biocides

        Exposure to chemicals used to treat timber and mould growth

        6. Carbon monoxide and fuel combustion products

        Exposure to:

        (a) carbon monoxide;
        (b) nitrogen dioxide;
        (c) sulphur dioxide and smoke.

        7. Lead

        The ingestion of lead.

        8. Radiation

        Exposure to radiation.

        9. Uncombusted fuel gas

        Exposure to uncombusted fuel gas.

        10. Volatile Organic Compounds

        Exposure to volatile organic compounds such as paints, glues and solvents

        B Psychological Requirements

        11. Crowding & space

        A lack of adequate space for living and sleeping.

        12. Entry by intruders

        Difficulties in keeping the dwelling secure against unauthorised entry.

        13. Lighting

        A lack of adequate lighting.

        14. Noise 

        Exposure to noise.

        C Protection Against Infection

        15. Domestic hygiene, Pests and Refuse

        • Poor design, layout or construction which means that the dwelling cannot be easily cleaned.
        • Exposure to pests
        • An inadequate provision for the hygienic storage and disposal of household waste.

        16. Food Safety

        An inadequate provision of facilities for the storage, preparation and cooking of food.

        17. Personal hygiene, Sanitation and Drainage

        An inadequate provision of facilities for maintaining good personal hygiene; and/or sanitation and drainage.

        18. Water supply

        An inadequate supply of water free from contamination, for drinking and other domestic purposes.

        D Protection against Accidents

        19. Falls associated with toilets, baths, showers or other washing facilities.

        20. Falling on level surfaces

        Falling on any level surface or falling between surfaces where the change in level is less than 300 millimetres.

        21. Falling on stairs

        Falling on stairs, steps or ramps where the change in level is 300 millimetres or more

        22. Falling between levels

        Falling between levels where the difference in levels is 300 millimetres or more.

        23. Electrical hazards 

        Shock and burns as a result of exposure to electricity

        24. Fire

        Exposure to uncontrolled fire and associated smoke

        25. Flames, Hot surfaces

        Contact with controlled fire or flames; and or hot objects, liquid or vapours

        26. Collision and entrapment

        Collision with, or entrapment of body parts in doors, windows or other architectural features.

        27. Explosions

        An explosion at the dwelling

        28. Position and operability of amenities etc.

        The position, location and operability of amenities, fittings and equipment.

        29. Structural collapse and falling elements

        The collapse of the whole or part of the dwelling.

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