Weetabix selected Alcumus SafeContractor as its health and safety partner in 2015, to assess and ensure legal compliance for contractors.
Gary Mobbs, Group Health and Safety Manager at Weetabix, said:
"We want to work well with our contract partners, we believe this is a benefit not just to Weetabix but to our contract partners as well.
Weetabix has taken a zero-tolerance approach; we can’t have a two-tier system; it just wouldn’t send the right message out across our business or to any other business coming in.
So fundamentally, we’ve agreed that no SafeContractor membership, no entry into Weetabix."
"With SafeContractor we are confident across all four of our sites, should we have a visit from the HSE, we can actually display that we are really robust in our processes and systems. Rather than wavering and allowing certain businesses to opt-out, we can display that we are absolutely adamant that we will manage our supply chain with robust consistency every time."
Gary Mobbs, Group Health and Safety Manager, Weetabix
Regarding the operational implementation of SafeContractor across all of Weetabix’s sites for their management team, Allan Ridout – Group Health and Safety of Capital at Weetabix commented that:
"SafeContractor gives our contractor managers, business unit engineering managers, and our project managers the confidence that SafeContractor is there if we need to use them. If we have issues on the site, we ring up SafeContractor and the speed at which they respond is rapid. It’s raised our standards across the board and what's great about SafeContractor for me is the support. The SafeContractor Portal is undeniably the best resource we get from SafeContractor; it helps us to achieve zero-tolerance with our contractors, it gives all of our contractor managers the logons the visibility of the whole 17,000 contractors.
Our administration team is fully supportive, and they've been a massive help and it's an easy system to manage as SafeContractor just takes all the hard work out. We've also developed a client specification with SafeContractor that handles all the client-specific issues that Weetabix has above and beyond what SafeContractor does.
Demonstrating competency at Weetabix is a huge issue, so bringing SafeContractor onboard satisfies the HSE with ensuring the organisational capability and competency of our contractors through a UK-leading SSIP scheme. And for me, SafeContractor gives Weetabix a feeling of confidence that we were reaching the high standards required. SafeContractor is recognised across many industries and I believe they're setting the standard with contractor accreditation."
Andy Cooper, Business Unit Engineering Manager at Weetabix is responsible for managing specific sites at Weetabix, and implementing SafeContractor have made his job easy by ensuring that all staff on site are working in the same way, understand what is required of them, and most importantly are confident that the contractors that are coming in now aren’t just doing it their way - they're doing it the SafeContractor way.
"Zero-tolerance is absolutely the right way to go, it benefits me as a business unit manager as it improves the time I've got out on the job on the shop floor. The improvements that I've seen through knowing and understanding that every single contractor that we use on-site or that we get into our business unit are all going to be geared up to use the same safe method and same ways of working. Now we don't have to look after the whole job as we've got a central Safety Advisory team that is looking after the job for us, and that is being managed by SafeContractor."
about alcumus safecontractor
For organisations that need to demonstrate compliance with increasingly stringent legislation, Alcumus SafeContractor, acts as a Supply Chain and EHSQ+ risk partner. We verify the compliance of your contractors and suppliers and make them available through an easy-to-use online portal.
This provides vital insight into your supply chain, enabling you to effectively monitor, manage, and make informed decisions about who you work with.