Safe Contractor Accreditation for Handsfree Group

5 important facts about our top safety accreditation.

Handsfree Group UK has been awarded the prestigious accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

1. What is Safe Contractor?

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a third party accreditation scheme that assesses the health and safety arrangements, policies and qualifications of contractors. Many major clients recognise the scheme and accept the SafeContractor certificate as confirmation of competency in health and safety practice.

2. What we had to do?

Under the SafeContractor scheme, we had to undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and our track record for safe practice. Any companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via the Alcumus 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.

3. Why is it so important?

Our application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance our ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by both our customers and our insurers.

4. What Alcumus Safe Contractor think?

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus 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 Handsfree Group has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

5. What our Managing Director thinks?

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Handsfree Group attend the 2017 Microlise Conference

The conference.

There were record numbers of delegates that attended the Microlise Transport Conference 2017, with 1200 transport professionals travelling from far and wide it is now the largest event of its kind in Europe. 

TV presenter, author, campaigner and motoring journalist, Quentin Willson chaired the conference. The agenda was packed and focused on the key issues affecting commercial fleet operators.

Speakers.

Delegates heard from Nigel Tullet, Commercial Director at Bibby Distribution around how they returned to profit this year as a result of their investment in transport safety. Amongst others, John Court, CIO at Eddie Stobart also spoke following their recent floatation on the AIM stock market.

Senior executives from DAF Trucks, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania and Iveco all featured in an excellent open discussion entitled ‘Truck to the future’ hosted by Chris Druce, Editor of Motor Transport News.

Our 3 main takeaway points.

Handsfree Group UK  Sales Director, Chris Baines, attended the conference, and we asked him what were his biggest takeaway points from the day.

This is what Chris had to say;

Chris’ Takeaway Point 1.

The UK’s new relationship with the European Union (EU) must meet the needs of every sector of the economy to be a success, as the consequences of leaving any behind could have knock-on effects for others, none other than the issue this presents for logistics firms who already face a shortfall of nearly 35,000 HGV drivers!

The main concern here is that there is 35,000 EU drivers currently working in the UK, and without a ‘whole economy’ approach around this particular issue it could potentially double to a staggering increased shortage of around 70,000 HGV drivers.

Chris’ Take Away Point 2.

British supply chain giant Eddie Stobart is investing in driver and vehicle technology across its fleet of over 2000 vehicles to improve driver safety and efficiency. A key part of the company’s strategy here is overhauling its telematics system across its fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles.

CIO John Court has picked Microlise to overhaul its telematics system across their fleet. John explained that Microlise fit perfectly into the company’s wider connected eco-system, and has become their drivers best friend.

Chris’ Take Away Point 3.

Executives from DAF Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus and Scania lined up for the special truck manufacturer debate at the Microlise Transport Conference.

In a session being called “Technology in Transport”, questions were taken from the audience and directed by motoring journalist Quentin Willson.

The debate looked at the current state of the industry and its direction of travel with the expert panellists giving their views on a range of issues.

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The last word.

Nigel Tullet, Commercial Director of Bibby Distribution’s closing comment was clear, in that technology is an enabler which should be embraced, as it connects people, process and technology in harmony.

Were you at the Microlise Conference this year, and what did you think?

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