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09 October 2017
YourPlumber 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. YourPlumber's application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business, and to ensure that not only our customers, but more critical our employees have the piece of mind they are working for or with a conscientious, proactive and forward thinking organisation.
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. Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our corperate clients such as Lettings Agents and Property Managers 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.
Nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, plumbing, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.
As a Landlord, Property Manager or other business, what measures do you have in place to ensure your contractors are operating in a safe manor?
As you may or may not know, if a business uses contractors to provide services on their behalf, the onus is still on that business should any accidents take place. As the ‘Principle Contactor’ (business appointing a 3rd party to undertake works) they are solely responsible for ensuring that the contactor is totally competent to undertake the work they have been asked to complete and in a safe manor.
Here is a link to a case study where a Lettings Agent was fined for appointing a trades person who did not carry out their appointed tasks in a safe manor:
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