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The SafeHire Private Standard was developed and written with the assistance of BSi - The British Standards Institution; HSE - Health and Safety Executive and CHAS - Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme with CHAS being fully committed to the principles of SSIP – Safety Schemes in Procurement.

BSi - are the business standard company that helps teams reduce risk and improve performance in the work place.

HSE - are an non-departmental public body within the UK that is the major body responsible for the regulation and enforcement of workplace health and safety.

CHAS - is the established  industry leader for pre-qualifications for health and safety within the UK.

Achievement of the standard is dependent upon successful assessment and, unlike other quality standards, on-site verification of our members’ policies and management systems for:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Occupational Health
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Quality Business Risk, Insurance and Financial Control
  • Document Control and Data Protection
  • HR and Employment Law compliance

Steps to achieving this process are:

  • Written commitment to the process at application
  • Successful desktop assessment of documentary evidence of policies, procedures and management systems by a team of independent assessors
  • Satisfactory on-site verification checks at Head Office and selected operating branches

Assessors are trained to review the documents on site and more importantly to test the impact / effectiveness of these including:

  • interviewing employees of all levels to ensure the company policy is truly “built in”
  • Sampling key process paperwork for accuracy and effective data management e.g. hire contracts, customer service management systems and training records
  • Inspecting and testing “ready for hire” equipment from all product categories offered

Audit results include scoring of each audit element with one of three options:

  1. Conformance
  2. Opportunity to Improve or
  3. Non-Conformance.

SafeHire Certification is valid for three years with interim annual on-site assessments carried out at selected operating branches and to ensure that any elements identified as Opportunities to Improve are implemented.

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