Around 1.7 million working days are lost each year according to the Health & Safety Executive due to work-related illnesses and incidents, and whilst firms across the UK are continually being encouraged to take every step to comply, more still needs to be done says leading temporary building specialist Spaciotempo.
The Midlands-based firm, the only company in the UK to manufacture and install its own structures, is leading the way on safety in its sector, after being accredited with ISO 22301, an internationally recognised quality standard awarded to companies that have implemented a Business Continuity Management system to help understand and prioritise the threats to its business. Jonathan Meikle has also been recruited as UK Group Health and Safety Manager responsible for health and safety across Spaciotempo and GL events operations, and Quality Manager Phil Flowers has been appointed to drive measurable performance. He will implement an electronic business quality management system to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, by the end of this year – all of which demonstrates the Group’s commitment to putting safety and quality at the top of its agenda to provide reassurance for customers through effective and consistent business continuity planning.
Scott Jameson, managing director at Spaciotempo, explains: “Taking a responsible and forward-thinking approach to managing risk and putting safety first is at the heart of our culture for growth. Safety is seen as an investment not a cost and the improvements we are making as a result will certainly benefit us and our customers in the short and long term providing confidence through a robust business continuity planning process. The appointment of Jonathan and Phil and the implementation of the business management system is our way to ensure our workforce and customers alike are reassured by the measures we are taking, strengthening our position and reputation in the market.
“Incidents are sadly too many in the construction industry and I believe it is our duty to put health and safety first and ensure we have the right processes in place to minimise the potential risks of an incident as well as responding appropriately should an unfortunate situation arises.
“Achieving ISO 22301 accreditation as well as ISO 9001: 2015 underlines our commitment to professionalism and that we take safety as well as quality seriously.”
Providing temporary buildings for a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, distribution, education, leisure and the automotive aftermarket, Spaciotempo has its eyes firmly focused on expanding operations, but is focused and keen to ensure quality is not compromised, along with Health and Safety, every step of the way.
The business management system will also help Spaciotempo to maximise on quality and efficiency, providing a framework based on international best practice around a ‘Plan, Do’ Check, ‘Act’ concept.
Further benefits of a robust process underpin customer confidence ensuring the continued smooth running of the business, strengthening relationships with customers. The accreditation will also drive continual improvement, highlighting and improving financial performance as well as ensuring optimum client delivery levels are maintained.
Scott Jameson continued: “It’s critical that we evolve our business and manage expansion on all levels and health and safety and quality are a fundamental part of the success of our business. We are continually looking at ways to make Spaciotempo a bigger and better company, protecting and enhancing our workforce and adding greater value to the service we offer to our customers. Our focus on health and safety and quality ensures that Spaciotempo is both protected and enhanced, eliminating errors and unplanned costs which ultimately leads to increased repeat and new business and improved profitability and sustainable growth.”