Top safety accreditation for BOBST UK and Ireland

BOBST UK and Ireland has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme that 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.

Alan Letford, head of customer care at BOBST UK and Ireland said: “Health and safety is at the heart of everything we do, through continued development of health and safety policies and procedures as well as quality training for all office and field based staff.

“We have invested heavily in systems to manage risk and protect our employees’ wellbeing. This has been strongly evident with our timesheet app, where our service technicians and product specialists can log mandatory machine safety checks and highlight any other on-site concerns as part of our standard operating procedure.

“By developing a library of risk assessments and method statements for when working both at customer sites and at BOBST UK and Ireland we have ensured that health and safety has remained at the forefront of all of our working activities. This accreditation has reinforced our commitment to all our customers, suppliers and employees.”

Employing more than 5000 people worldwide, BOBST supplies equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers, specialising in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries.

The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. The accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by the industry.

Gemma Archibald, director, 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 BOBST UK and Ireland has done. The company’s high standard has set an example that 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.”