XYZ Machine Tools has been awarded accreditation from leading third-party accreditation scheme Alcumus SafeContractor for its excellence in health and safety in the workplace, an award, which is used and recognised by SMEs and FTSE 100 companies across the UK. In gaining the award XYZ Machine Tools had to prove that it met the Alcumus SafeContractor’s extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management.

XYZ Machine Tools’ involvement in the manufacturing/engineering sectors, with its requirement for installation of heavy, high technology, machine tools, sees it working with companies from owner-operated sub-contractors through to the largest blue-chip manufacturing businesses. As a result, XYZ Machine Tools already work to exacting standards of health and safety, both at its own premises and when employees are on-site at a customer, a fact recognised in this award. However, gaining the SafeContractor accreditation will aid the Devon-based company in creating a uniform standard in its ongoing and focused approach to safe working practices. The award will also be recognised and viewed positively across the industry, allowing work to be carried out in a more efficient manner, especially at the larger OEM customers.

XYZ’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

On behalf of XYZ Machine Tools, Customer Service Manager Julia Aggett commented: “Safe operation within our business has always been a priority and our health and safety record is up there with the best. Not resting on our laurels, we recognised the need of customers for a formal recognition of these efforts and this award by Alcumus SafeContractor gives us the more transparent and managed system that will keep our standards at the high levels that XYZ and our customers expect them to be at.”

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor adds: “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 XYZ Machine Tools 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.”