Thursday, April 21, 2016

Air Cargo and Freight Forwarding Warehouse Support Firm Wins Safety Accreditation

Boss Says Achievement Shows Commitment to Customers
Shipping News Feature
UK – Based in Langley, Berkshire, warehouse facilities management and maintenance company Armkor has been assisting clients in the air cargo, freight forwarding and logistics sectors since its inception some ten years ago. Specialists in installing, refurbishing and generally looking after cargo handling systems the company has an impressive list of customers in its warehouse maintenance portfolio including some major players in the shipping industry including Menzies World Cargo, DHL Aviation, Expeditors, DSV, Air Canada, Balfour Beatty and DHL Global Forwarding.

Driven by the need for a uniform safety standard across the business Armkor applied for, and has now been granted, Safecontractor accreditation, a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors in a range of industries with particular relevance to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which rely heavily on contracted services.

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. Armkor believes Safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the firm's liability policy is up for renewal.

Craig Armstrong Armkor’s Manufacturing and Project Director confirmed that gaining approved Safecontractor status reinforces the company’s safety commitment to its customers, something which is always at the forefront in all of its activities, whilst John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor added:

"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 Armkor 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.”