Sollatek UK has has achieved SAFEcontractor status - a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practice amongst UK contractors.
The Slough-based firm manufactures voltage stabilisation and protection, solar, refrigeration and telecommunications equipment within the energy field.
Specialising in the private and public sectors and with a £9 million UK turnover, Sollatek Group’s most recent clients have included major players such as National Grid, Siemens, Philips Electronics, Booker Group, Morrisons and Arcadis.
Director Maan Allos, who is also the firm’s Health and Safety Manager, said the accreditation illustrated Sollatek’s commitment to maintaining excellence throughout the business.
“We work with a large number of blue chip clients and felt it was important that they, and our workforce, are aware that we take our health and safety procedures so seriously.
“SAFEcontractor is known to be a measure of quantifiable high achievement in the field and we are delighted our standards have been acknowledged,” he said.
John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor, said: “More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Sollatek has done.
“The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.
“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.”
Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice.
Companies meeting the highest standards are then 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 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.
SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance a company’s ability to attract new contracts while its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when its liability policy is up for renewal.
More than 170 major UK businesses rely on the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.