Under new rules to be introduced by government in April 2013, thousands of businesses considered to be low risk, like shops or offices, will be exempt from health and safety inspections. Businesses will only face health and safety inspections if they are operating in areas deemed to be higher-risk, such as construction or food production or if they have had an accident or a track record of poor performance. This plans to cut bureaucracy and save companies millions of pounds. (BBC, 10th September 2012)
Portakabin is the most widely recognised brand in modular construction in the UK. Portakabin modular buildings provide high quality working environments for many businesses and organisations, including schools and hospitals. Health and safety is therefore a key consideration for Portakabin and is a key focus in its working culture.
Portakabin has set itself the goal of being the best company in its industry in relation to health and safety and takes its duty of care to employees, customers and visitors very seriously. This includes setting standards for contractors , such as transport companies and suppliers of components. Strict health and safety policies are in place at all company sites and proven safety procedures such as safe driving guidelines are used on customer sites.
Reflecting its high attention to health and safety, Portakabin recently achieved OHSAS 18001 certification, the internationally recognised British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
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