Energy Fitness Professionals is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme designed to help the industry improve its safety record. The UK-based firm 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. Martin Booth, UK Operations Manager said, “Health and safety has always been a top priority for Energy Fitness Professionals, so we welcomed the opportunity to receive the accreditation from SAFEcontractor to demonstrate our commitment to providing safe working practices for all of our current and prospective clients”. SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and their commitment to safety will be viewed positively by prospective clients and insurers. 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 Energy Fitness Professionals has done. The firm’s high standards have 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, which enables 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 twenty major nationwide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services.