IRL Group awarded SafeContractor Accreditation

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Top Safety Accreditation for IRL Group Limited

Local business IRL Group Limited has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

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

Employing 30 people, IRL Group is principally involved in the Industrial Flooring sector, specialising in the Engineering, Food & Beverage and Motor Industries and with a £3.5 million turnover. IRL’s most recent clients have included major players such as Nestle, BMW and Rolls Royce.

The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

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 company liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor 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 contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, "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 IRL 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.”

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.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

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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Nestle Project Dove - “Safety Day” Event on 26th June at Buttercup Meadow

IRL Group recently exhibited at the Nestle “Safety Day” Event held on site at Project Dove, Tutbury to promote “Safety Awareness & Best Practice” for all site personnel including Nestle Management, Site Contractors and Site Suppliers, the event included guest speaker Ken Woodward, who gave a compelling talk on how important Site Safety is to everyone, and what happens when site safety is ignored and the consequences that can happen, all the more poignant due to the fact that Ken actually lost his sight in both eyes as a result of poor safety management, the event was held in two Marquees in Buttercup Meadow and had an excellent turnout, there was fundraising for “Children in Need”, a superb “Hog Roast”, there was a  “Tug-of War” competition (IRL came runners up!) and all the various suppliers had their latest safety equipment on display, with demonstrations taking place regularly, the event was well received by all who attended,  and there was no shortage of excellent advice given by the companies who supported this “Day Dedicated To Safety”  on how to ensure that site safety is the most important priority when working in what could be potentially hazardous environment.

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IRL Group awarded formal CPD Accreditation “The Preparation & Installation of Commercial & Industrial Resin Flooring”

IRL Group is now an official Registered Provider with the CPD Standards Office, and has received a formal accreditation for the module “The Preparation & Installation of Commercial & Industrial Resin Flooring” Martin Yarker (IRL Group Business Development Manager) “ This accreditation recognises the IRL Group as an approved training provider within the CPD Standards Office, thereby making available to Specifiers, Architects, Facilities Managers, Main Contractor Quantity Surveyors & Maintenance Engineers our authorised presentation module on the importance of understanding both the correct preparation & installation of a resin floor, with the emphasis on how to ensure that a good result is achieved time after time, it also covers what happens when incorrect preparation takes place”.

The CPD presentation is available to members upon request.

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Sika Certified Decking Contractor

IRL Group has again been awarded “Certified Registered Car Park Decking Contractor” from Sika UK, confirming that “The contractor has demonstrated to Sika Limited that they have delivered consistently high quality workmanship in the installation of Sika Car Park Decking Systems and have had operatives successfully trained by Sika Limited on all stages of the decking installation process”.

IRL Group were first awarded “Certified Contractor” status in 2001, and have completed many large prestigious car park projects since, recently at Highcross Shopping Complex, Leicester, The Beehive Car Park, Loughborough & Harrogate Hospital.

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IRL announce a new range of Floor Demarcations

IRL Group has recently added a range of heavy-duty laminated vinyl to complement our traditional resin coated floor markings offer, PermaRoute® is the world's only complete floor marking system. Over many years the range has been developed to encompass every section of floor marking for factories, warehouses, assembly areas and logistic bases.

With PermaRoute® you're not restricted to simple lines. It's a versatile floor marking system which allows you to develop a clear set of visual aids to ensure that your facility not only looks clean and efficient but also helps your process controls.

PermaRoute® can be created bespoke to suit your requirements; we can offer lines, angles, joins, shapes and outlines in all industry standard colours. Our team are experts in specification and can provide advice that has been gathered from dealing with companies as varied as aerospace, automotive, logistics and defence to name a few.

Custom components can be created to your specification further expanding the possibilities making PermaRoute® a site wide floor marking solution, available now.

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IRL invest in Health and Safety

IRL have implemented the following innovation that not only reduces the health and safety risks to an acceptable level but, in their application are reasonable, practicable and of benefit to users:

Safety is of paramount importance to IRL and working with suppliers, contractors and client to seek out new working methods and equipment will deliver solutions that benefit us all.

IRL review accident investigations, AFR, HSE accident statistical data, near miss and hazard Identification trends to determine where innovative measures are required to reduce the risk of harm. IRL have taken this information to a new level and whilst they have acted upon Noise and Dust Risk Assessments they have now implemented new health surveillance procedures to include more frequent hearing tests.They have achieved this by investing in an Audiology Booth.

The Acoustic Integrity of the Audiology Booth has be designed for the use of screening Audiometry tests and has been positioned in a secluded room that has been designed specifically for our Occupational Health Nurse.

The Audiometric Booth employs an outer skin of polyester painted steel and an inner face of specially perforated polyester painted galvanised steel. The integral acoustic absorbent infill is inert and non-combustible and is retained between the inner and outer skins forming the acoustic panels.

The finished panel thickness is 50mm thick and due to the bonded construction of the panel’s forms a uniform mass enhanced Acoustic Booth.

Prehistorically organising hearing tests proved quite difficult as the mobile testing booth was only available during certain times and scheduling this in with numerous contracts spread across the country was no mean feat. IRL employees can now be tested on a regular basis when they are booked in to see the occupational nurse.

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