LARS Communications Achieves Essential Accreditations
Lancashire-based LARS Communications are delighted to have received recognition for their commitment to the highest standards in health and safety, adding the Achilles Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) Audit and Alcumus SafeContractor to their string of accreditations.
As an industry leader in radio site build, tower installation and antenna system installation, LARS Communications insists on rigorous health and safety standards. Operating across Europe, the company’s client list includes some of the biggest names in the utilities, defence, telecommunications and aerospace sectors.
Business Development Manager, Julian Cooper, was delighted with the outcome, saying; “We all work very hard to maintain these high standards and these achievements demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement. Obviously, it’s a huge boost to all involved when these high standards are recognised by independent assessors such as Achilles and Alcumus.”
ACHILLES UVDB AUDIT
For the third year running, LARS Communications have passed the Achilles UVDB Audit with flying colours, only this year they have gone one better, achieving a 100% pass rate across the board.
Achilles UVDB Verify is an independent audit of an organisation’s Safety, Health, Environment, Quality (SHEQ) management systems and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This audit is a comprehensive, annual audit process and is considered the foremost pre-qualification scheme used by the UK utilities sector to manage risk within the supply chain and to ensure compliance with EU regulations.
The audit itself is an in-depth two-day process where LARS’ Management Systems (MSE) and Site Activities (SITE) are put under the microscope.
Adds Mr Cooper; “With over 1,500 buyers from more than eighty UK utilities companies, including the National Grid, Scottish Power and Thames Water using Achilles UVDB to find suitably qualified suppliers, this accreditation has proved invaluable to the team here at LARS Communications. It gives buyers confidence, knowing that we have been pre-qualified, as well as audited, by an industry leading organisation.”
For the fourth consecutive year, LARS Communications has been awarded Alcumus SafeContractor accreditation, testament to the responsible way in which the business is run.
The SafeContractor scheme is run and assessed by the Alcumus Group, who provide technology-led, compliance risk management certification and accreditation helping companies to comply with the latest legislation, and to create the safest possible working environments.
As a typical day at LARS Communications can include working at height, operating heavy machinery, abseiling, decommissioning towers, carrying out excavations or working on railways (to name just a few), it’s vital that there is a uniform health and safety standard in place right across the business.
Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a strict vetting process, examining health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Only those companies meeting the high standard are included on the database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.
Inclusion on the database allows the company in question to remain in a prime position to tender for work opportunities as and when they arise.
Ian Turner, Managing Director at LARS Communications, was full of praise for his staff; “The Achilles UVDB Audit and Alcumus SafeContractor follow hot off the heels of our RISQS accreditation and our ISO and OHSAS certifications. These accreditations are vital to the company, putting us in the shop window for leading buyers at some of the UK’s leading companies.
“This year has seen a fantastic team effort which has led to great results not only in all of the necessary industry-related accreditation and certification schemes, but also in winning some amazing contracts.
“We’ll continue to regularly assess our systems and practices, ensuring that we continue to work to the very highest standards and provide our customers with unparalleled levels of service.”