When contractors arrive at your business, or even your home, have you ever asked to see and check their identification? If the answer is ”No”, then there are some valid reasons as to why you really should get into the habit of confirming the person or company …
Keep Safe Check IDs
All my staff have identification badges to ensure that as a client you know that they work for FTS Safety Solutions. There is even a freephone number on the ID pass, so you could call the office to double check the identification if you so wanted.
A couple of recent events bought this to my attention – once at home and secondly recently while working on a government contract.
It was at this point I asked for his identification to prove that he was from a legitimate company. He couldn’t provide any and so needless to say that’s as far as he got. My next action was to contact the Police and give them a description of this chap. An hour or so later, another knock at the door, this time it was the police who gave me an update of the situation which was the fact that they couldn’t find the culprit – now that’s a surprise …Late one afternoon, at home, there was knock at the door, I opened the door to be greeted by a sales person offering his services. The fact that he had the audacity to even bother knocking annoyed me in the first place as I have a sign on the door which tells sales people that I do not buy goods or services on my doorstep. So for starters, this guy obviously needed to either learn to read or cultivate some manners. However I was advised by said salesman that I could be entitled to a grant for loft insulation. He then asked to come into my home so he could check the current insulation by means of a survey.
A similar situation arose on a recent contract. I telephoned a site to confirm that I would be attending the site to carry out the PAT Testing in a day’s time and I was advised by the supervisor that the site had already been tested that same day by a member of my staff. I knew that this was not the case so I asked a couple of questions which included a check that person who attended the site was wearing a uniform. “Well, only a t-shirt, but there was no company logo” was the reply. I then asked if she had asked to see the engineer’s ID pass, to which she admitted that she hadn’t even thought to ask to see proof of his identity. She said he had all the right equipment though; I wondered if she even knew what the right equipment would be – I mean, a crowbar and swag bag could be the right equipment and you can never be sure what the intentions are especially as this site was sheltered accommodation. Seriously –this could have put your Grandmother or Grandfather’s welfare potentially at risk.
So if you are looking for a PAT Testing service with engineers who have ID passes and wear a uniform call 0330 6600264 to talk to me about your health and safety testing needs.It just goes to show how dangerous it really is if you do not check the identification of the contractor who arrives at your business or even at your home. In this day and age you have to be careful – remember, all staff at FTS Safety Solutions have been CRB checked, carry ID passes and wear a uniform with the Company logo on. So if you want a to ensure that the service you receive from a contractor is safe – always, without exception, check for their ID’s before they come onto your property.
Keep Safe Check IDs!
Until next time …