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HAE turns SafeHire in private standard

The Hire Association Europe (HAE) has rewritten its SafeHire scheme into a Private Standard with the assistance of the British Standards Institute (BSI).

The new scheme includes additional criteria on sustainability and corporate responsibility as well as the specification for management principles for participating companies.

Working with the Health and Safety Executive, BSI, CHAS (the Contractors’ Health and Safety register) and its members, HAE has ensured the new specification is drafted in unambiguous terms and meets all the latest requirements.

SafeHire certification signifies that a hire company has staff that understands and can help customers select the correct tools, particularly in light of the health and safety and other aspects of the work being undertaken,including hand-arm vibration, dust or asbestos. Companies gaining SafeHire certification are also automatically entered on the CHAS register.

“Contractors wanting to optimise their tool selection to cater for health and safety or environmental concerns surrounding a job should seek out HAE members for advice,” says HAE commercial manager Gill Bridger. “Particularly, those with SafeHire certification who are able to advise on vibration, noise and dust control issues on site and the surrounding neighbourhood, or if particular tools create any environmental concerns,” she adds.

Around 1,400 of the HAE members’ 3,000 locations are SafeHire certified, including some of the national companies, and the association is working to expand that number. Contractors wanting to locate a SafeHire company can use the HAE website which lists all members and indicates certified companies with the SafeHire logo.

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