Top Safety Accreditation for Kusten Vorland

Tuesday, 15 May 2012  |  Admin

Top Safety Accreditation for Kusten Vorland

Kusten Vorland is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Cardiff based firm recently received accreditation from SAFE Contractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Employing 25 people, Kusten Vorland is principally involved in the safe and legal removal and management of asbestos.

Specialising in the surveying and removal of asbestos industries and with a £1 million turnover, Kusten Vorland’s most recent clients have included major players such as Wales and West Utilities, Monmouthsire Council, Youth Hostel Association and Stonham Housing Association.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

Ian Summers, Head of Operations for Kusten Vorland says, “We take health and safety seriously and wanted to demonstrate this visually to our clients. The Safe Contractors kite mark is our commitment to safer working practices and continual improvement. I am really proud of my team and their achievement; we look forward to further growth in a safe controlled manner”.

 SAFEcontractor accreditation 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.

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 contract services.

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 Kusten Vorland 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 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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Read more: Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/need-to-read/2013/03/21/asbestos-contaminated-tarantula-could-be-on-the-loose-in-cardiff-91466-33028980/#ixzz2O9iKAv00

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