Resetting the costs of health and safety

Pictured (l-r): Roger Thrush, deputy director of Facilities at Bradford University, David Urquhart, director of Reset Training, and Ian Townsend, chairman of Reset Training.
Pictured (l-r): Roger Thrush, deputy director of Facilities at Bradford University, David Urquhart, director of Reset Training, and Ian Townsend, chairman of Reset Training.
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An innovative Sheffield skills and safety specialist has launched an ambitious expansion plan which involves raising £1 million and creating 50 jobs this year before securing a stock exchange listing in 2013.

Ecclesfield-based Reset Training is the brains behind the Reset Certification Scheme for checking the skills and safety of contractors’ staff.

The internet-based scheme is based on what looks like a cross between a credit and an identity card, complete with a16 digit “account” number and photograph of the holder.

Details of the cardholder’s skills, qualifications and accreditations are recorded on a secure computer system, which can be accessed over the internet by approved personnel at the place where the contractor is working.

Sheffield entrepreneur Ian Townsend, who spearheaded Sheffield United’s bid to secure a stock market quotation and went on to build up and sell the Sheffield-based health products business, the Medical House, is a major investor in Reset and its certification scheme.

He said: “The RCS has been an amazing success. It enables organisations to comply with the law and meet health and safety guidelines in a fraction of the time compared to conventional competence checking methods. It is cost-effective and time-effective.”

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is trialing the system and Bradford University has become the latest high-profile Yorkshire institution to sign up to the pioneering scheme, which has also been introduced at Leeds-Bradford International Airport.

Bradford University’s Barrie Ellis, said: “Until now, compliance with HSE guidelines required meant that we had to carry out extensive checks on contractors and service providers. This system will make that process much easier but importantly without any compromise.”

Reset currently employs around 15 people, but is expecting a fourfold increase in that number to cope with the increasing numbers of contractors’ staff it is registering.