UK: Essex-based Delta Refrigeration Services has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor, the third party health and safety scheme.
Employing 11 people, Delta Refrigeration is principally involved in the grocery retail sector, specialising in providing energy saving display refrigeration solutions. With a £3m turnover, Delta’s most recent clients have included major players such as the regional Co-operative’s, Premier Group, Nisa, One-Stop shops, Bookers and many more.
The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation, which recognises high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors, was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Expressing his delight at achieving the accreditation, Delta Refrigeration md Simon Robinson said: “Having high standards around health and safety policies is vital to all companies, but in the refrigeration and retail sector, it’s even more important.
“Our accreditation with Safecontractor is a testament to our commitment to managing risks and working in the safest possible way,” he added.
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 Delta 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 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.