We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded Safecontractor approval for our office water coolers in line with our dedication to health and safety.

Safecontractor are a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

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

“We’ve already proved by our 100% EDWCA Audit passes that we’re committed to setting industry hygiene standards. Working toward achieving our Safecontractor accreditation seemed like the next logical step for us. I’m overjoyed, especially for our clients that we’ve managed to achieve two perfect accreditations in both hygiene & health and safety”.
Malcolm Lloyd – The Thirst Alternative Limited – Operations Manager

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 contracted services.

John Kinge, Technical Director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that The Thirst Alternative Limited have done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector”.

To find out if the Safecontractor scheme could help your business click here.

So why is it important and how have we achieved it?

Under the Safecontractor scheme, 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.

Client-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 clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 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.