Safe contractor

Isoscan and FTL are one of the latest group of successfulcompanies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve itssafety record.

The Crowthorne-based firm recently received accreditation fromSAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health andsafety practise amongst UK contractors.

Employing 12 people, Isoscan and FTL are principally involved inthe Provisionof network connectivity and Building Security Solutions to major UK public andprivate sector organisations, addressing the modern day challenges ofintegrating networks, increasing capacity and securing your business.

Specialising in the Telco and Government industries and with a £5million turnover, Isoscan and FTL’s most recent clients have included majorplayers such as, Landrover Jaguar, East North Hants District Council, and BMI.

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

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’sability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewedpositively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.It is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture,property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which arebig users of contract services.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "Majororganisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are notable to prove that they have sound health and safety policies".

"More companies need to understand the importance of adoptinggood risk management in the way that Fibre Technologies and Isoscan has done.The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followedby other companies within the sector".

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vettingprocess, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record forsafe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on adatabase, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access thedatabase, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set footon site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engageonly those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, fromseveral key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selectingcontractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishmentor electrical and mechanical work.

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