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EIC receive safety accreditation

17 October 2005


EIC is one of the latest in a group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help UK industry to improve its safety record.

The national mechanical and electrical expert 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.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal is delighted with the company’s new status: “This accreditation is extremely important to us as it recognises high health and safety standards and will serve as a symbol of reassurance for both new and existing customers.”

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’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.

Safecontractor is operated by international safety, health and environmental risk management specialists, the National Britannia Group. The system is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

James Ostler, Managing Director of Information Service at National Britannia 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 EIC has done. The firm’s high standard has 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: http://www.safecontractor.com. Employers in turn agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have achieved accreditation.

Over 80 major nationwide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment, landscaping or electrical and mechanical work.


Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact:  Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
                        (01625 506404)

The National Britannia Group
The National Britannia Group is one of UK’s largest independent safety, health and environmental risk management specialists, employing a total of 450 people within its UK operations. More than 200 of these personnel are scientists or other qualified professionals. The business provides leading edge solutions in disciplines such as health & safety, food safety, water quality control, environmental management, occupational health and hygiene, fire safety and asbestos management. It also operates two major information services on behalf of the UK Health & Safety Executive. Its heavy commitment to research and development has led to the creation of e-riskMANAGER, the world's first interactive web-based risk management system. For more information visit http://www.WhatRisk.com

For further information about the National Britannia Group, contact: Marianna Marks, Working Word Public Relations - 029 2048 8778


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