About Plus Safety
Our philosophy at Plus Safety is that Health and Safety is a serious business. We recognise it is not your business, it’s ours. Your business is in manufacturing, logistics, construction, leisure etc. and that is where you excel.
However, in addition to strong moral and financial reasons for ensuring a safe workplace, we all have a legal duty to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and others. At Plus Safety we pride ourselves in providing good sound advice to meet lawful requirements, with a practical and realistic approach. Plus Safety provides the advice and support you need to ensure your Health and Safety system is an integral part of your business, and that your working practices and processes are fundamentally safe.
The company is owned by Eric and Sue Kos.
Eric W Kos BA, GradIOSH, MIIRSM
Eric began his career in industry, working in production management for 22 years, which included polymer and rubber processing, manufacturing including ‘clean’ environments, telecommunications, and waste re-cycling. During this time Eric continued with his studies and gained a degree with commendation in business studies.
In 2001 he established Virtuous Cycle, and a contract was secured with Groundwork. In 2002 the company changed its name to VC Business Consultants to better reflect the nature of the business. VC Business Consultants worked with Groundwork on government-backed initiatives to support small to medium enterprises. Initially, the work was primarily related to environmental matters but it was soon extended into health and safety. This followed an initiative by the Health and Safety Executive called Workplace Health Connect, which aimed to reduce absence levels through effective health and safety management.
This was a major project which lasted 2 years and covered a wide range of clients from various sectors. This experience gave Eric a clear insight to the problems experienced by many SMEs and he identified a gap in service provision. During this time Eric took the British Safety Council Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.
Many companies visited by Eric had a nicely-bound and well-produced Health and Safety Manual which had been produced at significant cost to the company. However, the content of the Manual was often excessive and bureaucratic and many companies were not actually applying the principles and procedures which it contained. As a result, many companies were not complying with their legal requirements, although their H&S Manual stated that they did. As well as jeopardising the health and safety of their staff and others, this left them vulnerable to claims. Eric recognised that these companies needed help to integrate their policies and procedures into their working practices and business ethos, and decided to focus his own business on providing more practical support to help his clients achieve this. The business was re-named Plus Safety.
At Plus Safety we believe in working together with clients and take pride in providing practical, cost-effective and bespoke solutions to health and safety matters, ensuring the business needs are lawfully met and sustained into the future. We provide training for managers to equip them with the under-lying health and safety knowledge required by their roles, and coach them in the implementation of all the disiplines they will need to succsessfully manage health and safety in the workplace.
As a result of client referrals, Plus Safety continued to expand. Recognising a tough economic environment and that many businesses were cutting back on training budgets, Eric introduced on-line health and safety training in 2009 providing a broad selection of courses at realistic and competitive prices. This has now become such an asset and benefits to clients, it has now become a stand alone business unit with its own bespoke website.
Sue Kos MCIPD
Sue’s experience of commissioning and administering training in several organisations has provided her with an in-sight to the needs and problems of clients.
Sue graduated into the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (then known as The Institute of Personnel and Development) in 1993 and has since worked as a HR practitioner in both private and public sectors. She has always worked closely with health and safety officers in all of the organisations where she worked, and has a good working knowledge of health and safety matters. She has passed the IOSH ‘Managing Safely’ course and has significant experience of managing sickness absence, accident investigation and the defence of employer liability claims.
Sue joined the business in 2010 to provide the additional support required to meet the needs of the expanding business. Sue’s role is to manage the day-to-day business in addition to providing advice to clients on human resource issues and arranging all training.