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 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.
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.
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