Evac+Chair International Ltd has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.
Safecontractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.
Evac+Chair International Ltd are the world’s Number 1 supplier and original manufacturer of the evacuation chair. With over 20 years’ experience, Evac+Chair have become a leading specialist in an emergency evacuation, ensuring their customers comply fully with health and safety regulations, ranging from providing products, advising on the legalities surrounding evacuation planning and deployment to specific training and regular maintenance.
The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Mark Roberts, Sales and Marketing Director at Evac+Chair International said: ‘Evac+Chair Internationals emergency solutions provide a complete package of products to cater for every eventuality whether that’s a life, property or health emergency. We pride ourselves on achieving and maintaining first class health and safety standards for both our customers and staff. Gaining accreditation with Safecontractor provides us with independent verification and the reassurance that our working practices have been approved following rigorous assessment and auditing procedures, conveying the message to our customers that our company policies and procedures are paramount in the industry’.
Safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the 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 contracted services.
John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”
“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Evac+Chair International has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.
Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”
Under the Safecontractor scheme, 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.
Client-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 clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.
Over 210 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.