Gold Standard

16th October 2017

Clifford Devlin’s reputation for professionalism and excellence has been independently endorsed with gold awards for training and health and safety.
In October the London-based contractor was awarded an eighth consecutive Gold Award for training from the asbestos industry’s trade body, the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA). The accolade recognises competency in the specialist field of asbestos removal.

Twenty three of Clifford Devlin’s asbestos supervisors and operatives attended courses throughout the year at ARCA’s training facility in Rayleigh, Essex which are designed to maintain and develop their skills and knowledge of the discipline. The Gold Award, the highest available, recognises Clifford Devlin’s staff in achieving an average 95.2% pass mark over the course of the year.

Tim Clifford, Managing Director of Clifford Devlin, commented:
“ARCA’s threshold for achieving the training gold standard has risen with the increased expectation of better standards within the industry. We are therefore very proud to have maintained our level of competency which gives our clients assurance of the professionalism, reliability and excellence they can expect from our asbestos management service.”

In June the company was awarded an eighth Gold medal by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) at its 2017 Occupational Health & Safety Management Awards. The award was presented to the company’s Group Health & Safety Manager, Ian O’Connor who commented:
“I am delighted to accept this accolade on behalf of the company, “he said, “Despite engaging in two of the construction industry’s highest risk activities, demolition and asbestos removal, the robustness of our health & safety management systems clearly caught the eye of the judging panel and helped to demonstrate that we are implementing best practice.”

Evidence provided to demonstrate good health & safety practice included internal and external audit reports, accident investigations and RIDDOR data, profiles of the company’s in-house Health & Safety team, implementation of competency schemes and examples of feedback from the workforce.
The company’s Training Needs Analysis (TNA) Passport scheme, rolled out in 2016, was selected as its signature health & safety initiative for the year. This system consolidates all operative training and competency credentials into an electronic database which is linked to the digital iAuditor system to automatically link non-conformances with training needs. This seamlessly enables competency issues identified to be addressed and also enables the company’s health & safety team to identify trends, individuals’ training needs and ultimately enhance the skills and health & safety credentials of its workforce.

RoSPA’s Health and Safety Awards scheme, which is now into its 61st year, is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK, and one of the most prestigious in the world in any discipline. More than 2,000 organisations submitted an entry in 2017.