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Pro-former press release Autumn 2010

Top safety accreditation for Elite Signs Ltd

Elite Signs Ltd is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record. The Gainsborough based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practice amongst UK contractors.

Employing 6 people Elite Signs Ltd is principally involved in the sign making industry, designing, manufacturing and installing signs of the highest quality.

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

SAFEcontractor Accreditation is expected to enhance the company's ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be 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.

Darren Hughes, Operations Director for SAFEcontractor said, "Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are unable 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 in safe practice.

Those companies meeting high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users via a website. Employer-organisations who sign up sign up to the scheme can access the data base, which enables them to vet potential contractors before the even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation. 

Over 100 major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors for service such as building, cleaning, maintenance refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.