22nd May 2012

A revolutionary on-line certification card, which promotes best practice and health and safety at work, has been hailed as -gold standard.

  The Fresco Group, the leading Leeds-based flooring company, has been using the Reset Certification Scheme (RCS) Card for the past six months.   Phil Russell, head of business development at Fresco, commented: -This is a tremendous scheme, which has major benefits for everyone involved. As RCS cardholders, it helps our staff and our business, keeping us safe at work and safe in profit, as well as giving us an extra edge over our competitors.   The pioneering RCS card, which has transformed the way in which the skills and qualifications of contract workers are checked and verified on-line, has been developed by Sheffield-based Reset and has been adopted by leading Yorkshire organisations, including Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, University of Bradford, and Leeds Bradford International Airport. RCS enables such organisations to maintain a safe environment for visitors and staff and to comply with health and safety legislation. Other organisations across both public and private sectors in the UK are currently in the process of teaming up with Reset. Fresco originally adopted the Reset card as the firm is one of the main contractors at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.   Mr Russell said:  -As Reset's scheme spreads, membership will be seen as a gold standard and a brilliant example of best practice by NHS Trusts, universities and other major organisations where contractors and sub-contractors are constantly on site.   -I cannot recommend the scheme too highly. I believe we are now members of an elite and trusted network of contractors, who place a massive emphasis on health and safety at work, instead of paying lip service to it. RCS ticks all the boxes for both the organisations such as the NHS Trusts, who adopt and require it and the contractors like us who carry the RCS card. He added: -Like all the best ideas, it is brilliantly simple in theory and tremendously effective in practice.   Gary Duce, the managing director of Reset, said: -Fresco's ringing endorsement means a great deal to us. It is very important that both the card verifiers like the NHS Trusts, and the cardholders, such as Fresco, appreciate the benefits of the RCS card. The scheme is now gaining real momentum, with clients across the food, health, education and transport sectors in the UK. -The qualifications of contract personnel of our clients are recorded and retained for seven years, providing unparalleled reassurances and peace of mind to all RCS users. RCS is both time-effective and cost-effective, said Mr Duce. He added: -Companies can find out instantly whether their contractors, sub-contractors and other individuals have the skills and accreditations to competently and safely do their job.   The chairman of Reset is Ian Townsend, the leading Yorkshire businessman, who was formerly chairman of Sheffield-based The Medical House, which he sold in a multi-million pound deal. Gordon Black CBE, another successful Yorkshire businessman, has also invested in Reset.   For further information, please contact Robert Beaumont of Robert Beaumont Associates on 01423 323139 or visit the website  

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