About ISO 9001
ISO 9001:2015 is a standard that is widely used for quality management systems in businesses around the world.
ISO 9001 History
The ISO 9001 standard was formally introduced as an ISO standard in 1987, although it takes much of its essence from a previous incarnation of the UK quality management standard BS5750.
The Need for ISO 9001
When businesses are ISO 9001 certified, they’ve been independently verified as meeting internationally recognized quality management standards.
Benefits of Having ISO 9001
ISO 9001 represents the fundamental standards of quality management for products and services, and the advantages of becoming certified are numerous. Increased competition is one of the main reasons many pursue this standard as it opens up more opportunities with current and potential clients.
ISO 9001 Requirements
To meet the ISO 9001 standard, businesses need to implement and maintain a number of practices, processes and documented information to show how you comply and implement the specific requirements laid down in ISO 9001:2015.
About ISO 14001
ISO 14001 is a standard comprised of a set of guidelines to help implement an environmental management system.
ISO 14001 History
Environmental management systems are relatively modern developments, and have only come about with the increased global concern for the state of the earth that has emerged in the last few decades. It is becoming the worlds most popular standard just behind its older brother ISO 9001:2015.
It was first implemented as BS 7750 in 1992 but didn’t earn its ISO status until 1996.
The Need for ISO 14001
Environmental issues are a global concern, with a high level of awareness – and they are only going to become more relevant in the short-term future. This standard works with businesses to address and manage these issues.
Benefits of Having ISO 14001
There are a number of benefits that businesses can hope to gain through ISO 14001 Certification. Many businesses pursue this accreditation to seek further work from current and potential slients, especially with environmental management being critical now in the supply chain.
ISO 14001 Requirements
The ISO 14001 elements need to be understood if your business or organisation is going to achieve certification status. These vary from business to business depending on your work activities and associated aspects.
About OHSAS 18001
OHSAS 18001 is a British health and safety standard that can be implemented by all kinds of businesses both large and small. It is at present pending ISO approval and once published in 2018 it will be come ISO 45001.
OHSAS 18001 History
OHSAS 18001 was originally developed as a result of a consensus between various consultancies and international certifying bodies and was first published in 1999.
The Need for OHSAS 18001
Health and safety is obviously an important part of any business, regardless of how remote the risks may be. OHSAS 18001 recognises this and allows for a business to implement an effective safety system. In a worst case scenario should your business find itself in court for a health and safety incident having 18001 can work in your defense.
Benefits of having OHSAS 18001
As the foremost health and safety management systems standard, OHSAS 18001 offers a host of benefits and more information about these can be found on our website.
OHSAS 18001 Requirements
Naturally, there are a number of requirements that a company needs to meet in order to meet the OHSAS 18001 health and safety standard; particularly in relation to compliance with the law as this is the main focal part with 18001.
About SIA ACS
The SIA stands for the “Security Industry Authority”, which is an independent organisation that regulates the security industry.
SIA ACS History
Up until 2001 the security industry in the UK was unregulated. There was no licensing, no compulsory training, and no voluntary Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS). The Private Security Industry Act 2001 was introduced and the SIA followed after.
The Need for SIA ACS
As a UK security provider, you’ll no doubt be aware of the voluntary scheme offered by the Security Industry Authority. Although it is a voluntary scheme it can be a requirement of your client to be registered on it.
SIA ACS Requirements
There are 90 requirements which need to be satisfied to qualify for the ACS scheme. Should you not meet a requirement an improvement need will be raised and actions implemented to address it. The minimum score is 0; with the maximum score varying year to year as the requirements are reviewed but sitting around the 170 mark.
Benefits of having SIA ACS
If you are considering starting a security business, you may not be immediately familiar with the benefits of the SIA ACS standard but we can advise and help you through this process.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation whose stated purpose is to promote sustainable and responsible management of the forests of the world.
The FSC has its roots firmly planted in the early days of global environmental awareness.
The Need for FSC
As consumers and business owners we need the FSC to help protect rare animals and plant forms from extinction.
Benefits of having FSC
There are of course specific benefits, particular to each kind of certificate offered by the Forest Stewardship Council for those obtaining the certifications.
The criteria for FSC Certification are necessarily strict. Each certificate is aimed at a different demographic, and the requirements are of course specific to the certificate.
Health and Safety
About Health and Safety at Work
Thorough processes for health and safety at work are not only good practice, it is something companies are required to do by law.
Need for Health and Safety
Health and Safety management is required by UK law. Any business needs to meet minimum health and safety standards.
Benefits of Good Health & Safety
The benefits of health and safety at work act permeate all aspects of the business. They include potential reduced insurance premiums, reduction in accidents and increased moral within staff.
There are a lot of business managers who worry about their legal requirements concerning health and safety. The law can be tricky and it needs someone with experience to interpret it.
Health & Safety Risk Assessment
There are five steps to successful risk assessment, according to the Health and Safety Executive; a simple way to evaluate risk.
About Internal Auditing
Internal auditing is an activity which many companies must complete to ensure they maintain their accreditations.
History of Internal Auditing
The history of internal auditing goes back several decades; audits can be completed for many things and the process for undertaking these is similar across the company.
The Need for Internal Auditors
The ambition of an internal audit is to help your business and to identify compliance to processes through sampling.
Benefits of Internal Auditing
The benefits of an internal audit trickle down through all aspects of your business operation. They are designed to audit compliance rather than be a fault finding exercise.
Internal Audit Requirements
There are a few things you should have prepared for your audit, but generally the auditor will ask for additional information when they need it.
External and Internal Auditors
There are a number of ways that an internal and external audit will differ. Internal audits are carried out to ensure your system fulfils the requirements and is a requirement of having a management system. An external audit is completed to ensure compliance to the standard or customer requirements. These helps all kind of businesses, from large blue chip organisations to local trades.