Signs Express (Exeter) is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.
The Exeter based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.
Employing 10 people, Signs Express (Exeter) is involved in the design, manufacture & installation of a wide range of signage. Some of their most recent clients have included major local companies such as flybe, Exeter International Airport, University of Exeter and the Met Office.
Company director Marion Baxter-Sibley said “Achieving Safe Contractor accreditation was important to us as it demonstrates to our customers that we both take health & safety seriously and have independently accredited procedures in place, providing reassurance to them of our expertise.”
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".
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, which enables 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 twenty 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.