Health and safety accreditation and compliance company, Exor Management Services, is reminding businesses of all sizes working in the construction sector that health & safety must be a priority. It is launching an innovative health and safety service, designed to both protect and help grow the business of contractors working in the sector. This comes as the government's independent inquiry into construction site fatalities is published with a key recommendation for directors to be obliged by law to plan, deliver, monitor and review good health and safety management systems.
"The independent inquiry highlighted the level of fatalities in the industry - and the low profile these achieve", confirmed Ian McKinnon, managing director, Exor Management Services. "Yet those of us who work in the industry know that health & safety is an issue that doesn't always get the attention it requires, leaving workers vulnerable.
"Exor already works with a number of major names in the construction sector, giving them the ability to ensure that the contractors they use comply with Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and their own business's health and safety standards. Our new comprehensive range of health and safety services capitalises on this experience and is designed to both protect the interests of workers and the construction companies employing them, as well as giving contractors the ability to tender for work without having to go through time-consuming compliance forms each time."
Exor believes that key to businesses in the construction sector, especially smaller ones, being able to embrace all aspects of health and safety is ensuring that the right processes are in place to assess and monitor standards.
Exor's national health and safety service incorporates both the Exor Safety Qualified standard and access to an online database of safety qualified suppliers for buyers of construction services, which is recognised under the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) umbrella.
Exor's safety qualified standard provides construction service providers with:
* Full health and safety assessment by Exor including onsite validation
* Confirmation of the company's health and safety qualification to a recognised standard for both public and private sector work - further reducing time and cost in the pre qualifying process
* The ability to ‘passport rights' to other compliance databases that are members of SSIP, eg CHAS, Constructionline, NHBC
* Visibility of the company's services amongst public and private sector organisations who can access Exor's national health and safety database
"Businesses that utilise our health and safety service will benefit in a multitude of ways" concluded Ian McKinnon. "For obvious reasons, the optimisation of health and safety policies is of utmost importance to this industry. It is the sign of a trustworthy and conscientious business to have the necessary health and safety accreditation. And it assures buyers and contractors that a business will provide the highest quality service whilst remaining fully aware of employee health and safety procedures. And that is absolutely paramount for anyone involved in this business.
"It also gives contractors and other service providers operating on construction sites the ability to tender for new contracts in a time and cost-effective way, enabling growth in the sector as a whole as we come out of the recession. As such, we are really pleased to be working alongside the SSIP, and are confident that through this partnership and the implementation of this service, we will be raising the bar of health and safety in the construction industry as a whole."
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