Ceda has expressed its delight at the uptake of its new cedaSAFE Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme, which was launched last month.
16 members and partners have already applied and successfully passed their assessments in June and have been issued with their accreditation certificates.
These include businesses of all sizes as the scheme is designed to offer a cost-effective solution for all companies.
Derek Maher, Ceda chairman and managing director of Crystaltech Services, one of the founder applicants, said: “The formation of an industry safety accreditation in the form of cedaSAFE will raise the profile and credibility of the catering equipment profession and greatly reduce the volume of repetitive and unnecessary paperwork required to assess subcontractors.
“Manufacturers that subcontract their service repairs will have their contractors audited by a competent service provider and ceda members who offer their service to a number of industry members will greatly benefit from having just one accreditation.”
If an applicant already has an SSiP accreditation then they only have to complete a few simple questions in order to achieve the certificate at a very competitive £120 per annum.
cedaSAFE was devised after discussions with the Health and Safety Executive, who highlighted the need for a single assessment standard for the foodservice, catering and hospitality industry, in order to reduce the bureaucracy and costs associated with the various pre-qualification assessments on the market.
cedaSAFE is now both the most cost-effective and the most efficient accreditation to achieve, as it requires only the most essential information to be completed. However, it still achieves the same core criteria of other schemes currently available.
Companies can achieve accreditation to promote their business as operating to the highest levels of independently verified Health and Safety standards. They can also assess the suitability of any subcontractors used by insisting that they are cedaSAFE accredited.
The companies that have received their accreditation so far are:
● KCM Catering Equipment
● Tailor Made Catering Equipment Services
● Archer Catering Systems
● Apeiron Catering Ltd
● YCE Catering Equipment
● AGGORA – Bunzl UK
● CHR Food Service Equipment
● Catering Design Group
● Crystaltech Services (UK)
● Whitco Catering and Bakery Equipment
● Marren Microwave
● Hobart UK – ITW Ltd T/A Hobart UK
● Barcare Supreme
● Rational UK
● C&C Catering Equipment