Kingston Cleaning Services (KCS) has signalled its intention to be the industry-leader in all aspects of health, safety, training and compliance with the appointment of a specialist to lead this area of the business.

Rebecca Lee began her role as Health, Safety, Training and Compliance Manager for KCS on 11th June. Since then, she has been visiting a number of the sites where the company’s operatives carry out their specialist services. She has also been looking at new contracts in the pipeline, undertaking vehicle assessments and becoming fully familiar with company practices and procedures.

“No two days have been the same,” said Rebecca of her experience so far. “KCS is a progressive company looking to raise standards in the industry and that’s what attracted me.

“No other company of its kind (that I know of) in this sector has a professional dedicated to ensuring all practices are compliant with industry standards. KCS has taken this bold step to make a real and measurable difference for both employees and clients.

“I am also very conscious that health, safety and compliance are still seen by many as obstacles, rather than something positive. I want to change this perception and help people to understand that health and safety managers are there to make sure everyone gets home safe and sound to their families.”

Previously, Rebecca worked as the Health and Safety Compliance Manager for a national restaurant chain, where she developed her training skills to a high standard. During this time, she also implemented health and safety practices, working with both staff and contractors. It is these two core transferable skills that she will be applying at KCS.

She will be working with all staff to ensure the work they undertake is safe and compliant. As a consequence, they will become trained and qualified in the relevant health and safety measures.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Companies such as KCS are under no obligation to have a member of staff in place specifically to monitor health, safety, training and compliance, which makes them quite unique.

Sean Carrison, managing director at KCS, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Rebecca to the company. As we continue to grow and take on more staff to do our highly specialised work, Rebecca will ensure they are appropriately trained and that everyone at our sites remains safe at all times.

“Rebecca’s role is integral to what we do and, ultimately, will enable us to produce an even higher standard of work.”

Based in Hull, KCS operates through four divisions; high-level window cleaning, contract cleaning, specialist cleaning and high-pressure jetting. The organisation has seen success in a number of areas, including the deployment of specialist teams to work in food processing and manufacturing facilities and partners with a number of significant facilities management companies across the UK.