UK’s largest Arco safety centre opens in Bracknell
Company brings joined-up health and safety expertise, products, and training to south of England
HEALTH and safety experts Arco have opened their latest safety centre in Bracknell, Berkshire, bringing their knowledge, products, and training to the south of the UK.
Representing an investment of more than £2million, the new location will be Arco’s largest dedicated safety centre, hosting practical learning environments – including a 20m external tower for working at height training, as well as confined space labyrinth training facilities –together with an on-site safety store where customers can purchase products, all under one roof.
At the centre, highly qualified experts will be on hand to provide joined-up safety solutions – a complete offering encompassing assessment of an issue, the training of employees, and the provision and maintenance of appropriate equipment to protect against future risks, all of which can be organized on site.
Helping businesses to mitigate, manage, and reduce risks, the Bracknell safety centre features advanced practical training facilities, respiratory protection and maintenance workshops, drop-in face-fit testing facilities, six training classrooms, and a fully stocked Arco safety store providing PPE, workwear, and workplace safety equipment from brands such as Trojan, Snickers, Berghaus, Regatta, Puma, DeWalt, Cat, and Mascot, among many others.
Jaime Sadler, commercial director at Arco Professional Safety Services, said: ‘The new Bracknell safety centre is a significant milestone for Arco. As our largest dedicated safety centre, it is ideally placed to bring our industry expertise, expansive product offering, and practical training capabilities to more customers, nationally.
‘The expansion of Arco’s capabilities in Bracknell allows us to provide joined-up health and safety solutions for businesses UK-wide. The Bracknell safety centre demonstrates the future of health and safety – end-to-end service, combining risk assessment, training, and equipment provision, all under one roof.’
Ben Haughton, technical director at Arco Professional Safety Services, said: ‘Our safety services teams provide practical advice and bespoke training for a variety of safety-critical industries and scenarios. Seeing, first-hand, the value of practical training facilities at our other safety centres allowed me to design and implement structures and systems unique to our Bracknell safety centre.
‘A significant number of people are killed or seriously injured working at height or in confined spaces in the UK each year. Despite legislation and health and safety measures, working in these environments still poses a very high risk.
‘Bespoke training to provide people with the correct skills and capabilities they need is essential. A generic ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach leaves workers and organizations open to huge risks. Dangerous working environments require consultancy and expert support that suits the specific scenario. Whether it’s equipment, training, or support, our experienced teams can offer a complete solution.’