Top safety accreditation for Irwin M&E Limited
Irwin M&E Limited is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme designed to help industry improve its safety record.
The firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise among UK contractors.
Employing 80-plus people, Irwin M&E Limited is principally involved in the installation, testing, reactive maintenance and proactive maintenance of the electrical industry. Recent clients have included H & J Heinz, IKEA, H & J Martin, Royal Victoria Hospitals and the Southern Education and Library Board.
The Irwin M&E Limited company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Jonathan Crawford, Business Development Manager explained: “As part of Irwin M&E Limited’s continuous business improvement and seeking to continue to be a market leader, we no longer felt it acceptable just to be meeting minimal standards when it comes to risk management and health and safety policies. By exceeding basic standards it has helped us achieve a nationwide accreditation for adapting the best standards in risk management. Being accredited with SAFEcontractor will also assist us in tender processes and achieving supply chain status with the UK’s Top 100 companies.”
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 Irwin M&E Limited 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 150 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.