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9th March 2016
Published by: Dundee Chamber of Commerce

Christies celebrates SafeContractor accrediation

WJR Christies in Dundee has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. WJR Christies is a sister company to Hardies, which is one of Scotland's largest multi discipline surveying firms with fourteen offices across Scotland. All of the Hardies offices have also achieved Safecontractor.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Both Christie's and Hardies application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the two businesses. Said Darron McKay, Partner at Christies: “We are delighted to achieve this latest health and safety accreditation. Supplying Health and Safety services to the construction industry is one of our major sectors here at Christies, from site audits, safety awareness courses and site specific induction talks to deploying a full Safety, Quality & Environmental Management System for small to medium contractors.”

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, "Well done Christies. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Christies has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within this important sector. As consultants and advisors, Christies serve the needs of the construction industry, working closely with them on a daily basis.”

“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,” he added.

 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.

Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

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