Serviceline has retained its membership of the SAFEcontractor scheme, which is designed to help organisations improve their safety record.
SAFEcontractor recognises high standards of health and safety practice amongst UK contractors and Serviceline chief, Steve Elliott, believes the accreditation goes a long way to reassuring customers.
“Our customers place health, safety and environmental issues at the top of their agendas and it is essential that we match their ethos in everything we do,” he says. “Gaining and retaining SAFEcontractor accreditation is very important to us and to them.”
Elliott said the accreditation enhances the 180-strong firm’s ability to attract new contracts and will be viewed positively by its insurers when its company liability policy is up for renewal.
SAFEcontractor is applicable to most sectors, although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.
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.
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.”