Safety comes first with new certification scheme

Safehire Chas Certification Scheme Roundel

THE Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) has launched its SafeHire Certification, with the aim of raising industry standards.

Several firms in the hire sector, including Speedy, Hire Station, Hirebase and Travis Perkins have already gone through the audit process and are said to reaping the rewards. 

SafeHire is currently an option for existing HAE EHA members but will become a prerequisite of membership from 2018.

Graham Arundell, HAE EHA managing director said, “SafeHire has already had a hugely positive impact on businesses that have gone through certification voluntarily. Making SafeHire a requirement of membership is 100% the right step for the industry to create the level playing field that is much needed and to help improve practices and processes of hire businesses.

“To date, awareness of SafeHire has largely been limited to our own membership, many of whom have been undertaking the requisite audit process to become certified. The next step for SafeHire is to widen awareness of certification to the end user, so that people start recognising who we are and what certification means for the industry.

“There’s been a steady recognition, from the wider industry, of the need to work with partners who have the appropriate certifications; but there’s more that needs to be done to push the message. SafeHire has the potential to become the leading certification in the industry, and we hope that it will become the trusted mark of quality for the hire sector.”