MS Storage is one of the latest successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.
The Cheshire based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.
Employing 13 people, MS Storage is principally involved in the supply and installation of Storage Solutions, including: Static and Mobile Shelving Systems, Medical Record Storage, Archive Storage and Staff Lockers.
Specialising in both the Public and private sector, MS Storage’s most recent clients have included major players such as The BBC, Blackpool NHS Trust, Barts & The London NHS Trust, Cadburys, Selfridges and The Ministry of Defence.
The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Ian Sant, Health and Safety Coordinator commented; "We’re absolutely delighted that we have been awarded such a prestigious accreditation. SAFEcontractor is one of the highest standards to achieve and I think being awarded it outlines our massive commitment to health and safety.
John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "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".
"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that MS Storage Equipment has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector".
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 the high standard are 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, enabling them 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.
Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.