Essential Electrical Testing specialist, Intersafe, is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a cutting-edge scheme, designed to help the industry improve its safety record.
The Fareham-based firm recently received accreditation from Safecontractor, a programme that recognises very high standards of health and safety practice among UK contractors. The accreditation is expected to enhance the company's ability to attract new contracts and reinforce to its insurers its commitment to safety.
Employing 15 people, Intersafe's key services are Portable Appliance Testing, Periodic Inspection and Testing and Thermal Imaging. Previous and current clients include major companies such as Sony, Honda, American Express, Bosch, Oxford University and Guildford College. Facilities management companies such as Dalkia and Interserve also call upon the experts at Intersafe to carry out their essential electrical testing.
The company's application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Intersafe's Managing Director, Adrian Pendle, said: "As health and safety is vital to our business and to our clients, we have always had extremely robust systems in place. Now our potential clients have the added bonus of being able
to visit Safecontractor online and confirm that we are accredited by an independent programme. This is great news for all parties."
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. Under the Safecontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice.
Those companies meeting a high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website. Organisations that sign up to the scheme can access the database, which enables them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site.
More than 100 major nationwide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.