Hollywood Monster awarded top health and safety accreditation

21.09.11

Tim Andrews, managing director at Hollywood Monster

Birmingham-based Hollywood Monster has been awarded a top accreditation demonstrating its commitment to health and safety.
The graphics solutions experts recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Managing director Tim Andrews said: “Working with high profile clients including Westfield shopping centres, Birmingham City FC, The Mailbox, and with a huge amount of work being carried out in the build up to the 2012 Olympics, it is vital that we take the safety and support of our workforce seriously.

“A huge amount of our work is carried out in the retail, leisure and property sectors, and the accreditation is becoming a criterion that businesses actively look for when awarding contracts. We take our obligations to staff and clients very seriously, and in achieving SAFEcontractor status, our clients have peace of mind, knowing that the care we take of our practices and staff is as high as the standard of the work that they have come to expect,” he added.

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed 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.

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 Hollywood Monster  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.

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