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Top Safety Accreditation for WF Glazing Protection Ltd

15 September 2011

WF Glazing Protection is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record. The East Midlands based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Specialising in the Window Film, Solar Control and Glass Protection industries and with a £1/4 million turnover, WF Glazing Protection’s most recent clients have included major players such as Experian, Bowmer & Kirkland and Bombardier.

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

Dave Faulconbridge, Director WF Glazing says of the accreditation – “This is tangible recognition of the efforts we (WF Glazing) have made to ensure our standards of operation are of the very highest levels, and that our procedures and processes comply, or exceed, the most exacting industry standards.” Of the benefits customers will enjoy Dave continues: “Our existing customers know that WF Glazing provide a high quality professional service, but now prospective customers can see from this accreditation that our service delivery has been acknowledged by an industry leading body.”

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 WF Glazing Protection 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,

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.

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