Sophie Lynch, Senior Transport Administration Manager, based at the company head office in Thrapston, near Kettering in Northamptonshire, explains how Fermac has improved their operational efficiencies, thereby reducing their environmental impact, simply by adhering to the FORS Standard.
Throughout our 35-year history we have had a culture of looking at ways of improving our compliance while reducing our costs. So, when FORS was first introduced we could see that adherence to the standard could assist us in our working practices, while at the same time demonstrating to clients our commitment to both compliance and safety.
We were fortunate in that we were already adhering to many of the requirements of FORS before being assessed for FORS Bronze and we passed the initial assessment first time and have continued to meet that standard.
Before applying to become FORS Silver accredited we again prepared well in advance and put forward our compliance manager for the FORS Practitioner courses and arranged three days of ‘in-house’ Safe Urban Driving training, to enable all staff members to gain the benefit of awareness of vulnerable road users. Once we achieved FORS Silver the directors were keen to continue and that is why we “went for Gold”.
Attaining FORS Gold is the culmination of a large number of changes that we have made since first applying for FORS Bronze, with a clear demonstration that keeping to the standard has improved our way of operating and has given us the opportunity to promote our ongoing “pursuit of excellence”