Orchard Facilities Management has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.
Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.
Employing 30 people, Orchard Facilities Management is principally involved in estates management.
The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.
Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus 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 Orchard FM has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”
Gareth Henderson of Orchard Facilities Management said “We are delighted to have our rigorous health and safety regime recognised and accredited by SafeContractor and this will give new and existing clients added confidence in our committed approach to compliance.”
Under the SafeContractor scheme, businesses undergo a thorough vetting and risk assessment process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard set by this process are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users.
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.