Top safety accreditation for Assist Facilities Management

Assist Facilities Management is celebrating its achievement of SAFEcontractor status for the seventh year in a row.

The asbestos management business has recently been granted full accreditation for the scheme, which assesses the health and safety competency of contractors.

Many large organisations now use SAFEcontractor as their primary means of selecting contractors, by searching its database of ‘approved suppliers’.

With a legal obligation to ensure contractors operate safely, SAFEcontractor offers companies a simple way to access a list of accredited firms.

The Blackburn-based firm, which covers the whole of the UK, recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practice amongst UK contractors.

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.

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Assist Facilities Management has done. The firms’ high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector."

Assist’s continued accreditation recognises its consistently high standards of health and safety. In support of its application, the company submits evidence of its safe working practices, including details of risk assessments and emergency procedures; health and safety training arrangements; details of equipment testing and maintenance and procedures on implementation of policy and control of sub-contractors.

Mark Guest, business development manager of Assist Facilities Management, said: “We are delighted to have been accredited by the Safecontractor programme. Everyone at Assist has worked very hard and we are extremely proud of this achievement, and it once again confirms our continuing commitment to the highest standards of health and safety management.”

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance Assist’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers which can also mean a significant reduction in insurance premiums.