Top Safety Accreditation for Higher Access
Jun 8, 2012. Posted to category: General
to join Safecontractor
Higher Access is one of the latest group of successful companies
to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety
The Manchester-based firm recently received accreditation from
SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and
safety practise amongst UK contractors.
The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was
driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "Major
organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not
able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies".
"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting
good risk management in the way that Higher Access has done. The firm’s high
standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other
companies within the sector".
Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting
process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for
safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a
database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com
Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the
database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot
on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage
only those who have received accreditation.
Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from
several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting
contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment
or electrical and mechanical work.