Expanding firm Ward Security has been awarded accreditation from safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.
The status bestowed by safecontractor is the latest in a long list of professional accreditations that Ward Security has received. safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.
Employing over 400 people, Ward Security provides a range of bespoke, integrated and flexible security services in both the private and public sectors. Its areas of expertise include the provision of search and guard dogs, wireless intruder detection systems, and concierge and reception services.
The company, whose headquarters are in Rochester, Kent, has a turnover of £15 million and clients include MJ Mapp and Deloitte. It has also worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and local authorities. Ward Security opened an office in Bracknell in April and will open a central London office in July.
David Ward, managing director of Ward Security, said: “We have always prided ourselves on the consistently high level of safety awareness among our staff, and receiving safecontractor accreditation is a resounding endorsement of our work in this area.
“Clients can be assured that Ward Security will adhere to the highest standards of health and safety as we deliver a complete security solution to them, their employees and their assets.”
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 that sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.
Safecontractor accreditation will enhance Ward Security’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.
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 Ward Security 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.”