VIP Security is one of the latest groups of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.
The Brentwood based firm recently received accreditation from SAFE contractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors. Employing over 50 people, VIP is principally involved in the provision of security professional throughout the South east of England.
Specialising in bespoke security solutions and with an over £500,000.00 turnover, VIP most recent clients have included major players such as Basildon District council and premium inn hotel group (Whitbread Plc).
The company's application for SAFE contractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Quote from Managing Director Darren Hyde.
"SAFE contractor accreditation is great news for us, which is expected to 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.
SAFE contractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to the construction Industry, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of security contract services."
John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFE contractor 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 VIP Security has done. The firm's high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector".
Under the SAFE contractor 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.
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