In the 1950s it was recognised that manufacturing goods to a consistent and acceptable quality demanded proper control of the business systems. To achieve this, written procedures were introduced to help ensure that tasks were performed correctly and consistently every time, regardless of who carried them out.
Today, the International Standard ISO 9001 sets the framework of working practice that ensures the correct procedures and processes are in place and being followed.
One of the challenges of making buildings safe and secure, is selecting and installing fire safety and security products that actually do what they claim.
The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) has been working with industry and government for more than 100 years to set the standards needed to ensure that fire and security products and services perform effectively. LPCB offers third-party approval confirming that products and services have met and will continue to meet these standards. This benefits both specifiers and manufacturers:
Specifiers selecting LPCB approved products reduce fire safety and security risks and demonstrate due diligence (the use of approved products is encouraged by insurers). They also avoid wasting money on purchasing inappropriate equipment, and save time spent on searching for and assessing products and services.
Manufacturers gaining LPCB approval can increase the value and sales of their products, because LPCB approved products are specified world wide and recognised for their ability to conform every time. In addition, third-party approval demonstrates due diligence and reduces liability for manufacturer – and their insurers and customers.
The Door & Hardware Federation represents all the key manufacturers and installers of industrial, commercial, pedestrian and garage doors and powered gates, as well as manufacturers of locks, building hardware and architectural ironmongery.
The DHF actively helps its members comply with the latest CE marking legislation and other health & safety and compliance legislation. In addition, compliance gives members the competitive edge in the market over non member companies which are yet to comply with latest CE mark regulations.
It is vital that specifiers choose a CE marked product from a DHF member. The CE mark is evidence of product safety compliance under health and safety legislation, and so it helps protect the specifier from litigation in the event of an accident occurring post installation.
All automated doors and shutters must be CE marked under the Machinery Directive legislation. From July 1 this year, all other (non fire) industrial doors must be CE marked under the Construction Products Regulation.
The DHF is also committed to helping its members reduce the environmental impact caused by the design, manufacture, maintenance and use of their products. It is about to work with members on a number of sustainability initiatives.
With the ultimate aim of maintaining and raising quality standards throughout the industry, all DHF members must meet Quality Assured standards of competence and customer service. They all operate within a code of conduct governing standards of workmanship, quality, training, safety, business integrity and CE marking compliance.
At the heart of what we do is our national online database, the UK’s largest register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants. In terms of efficiency, time and cost saving and best practice, Constructionline is proven to deliver for public and private sector organisations alike.
For suppliers to the construction industry, Constructionline means that you no longer need to repeatedly fill in standard pre-qualification forms for every construction tender. What’s more, with 8,000 buyers already using the Constructionline database to source contractors and consultants, Constructionline is a great tool to market your organisation.
By providing an up-to-date register of pre-qualified suppliers for construction contracts, Constructionline is a common sense solution that 8,000 buyers from over 2,000 organisations are already making the most of. We pre-qualify all of our suppliers to government standards, and maintain relationships with a range of industry, ePurchasing and Government partners to ensure that we remain relevant to procurement professionals within the construction industry.
UL certifies, validates, tests, verifies, inspects, audits, advises and educates. We provide the knowledge and expertise to help navigate growing complexities across the supply chain from compliance and regulatory issues to trade challenges and market access.
Backed by more than a century of proven safety science expertise, businesses, consumers and regulatory authorities around the world recognize the trusted rigor and technical excellence of UL certifications.
Our comprehensive services include certifications of a product, facility, process or system to industry-wide standards and requirements recognized by UL. To help ensure the long-term advantages of a UL certification, we work closely with customers to provide tactical surveillance and re-evaluation using defined requirements, processes and schedules for reassessment or re-evaluation. From sustainability to product safety to personnel certification and beyond, across industries and markets we help customers streamline compliance challenges and sharpen their competitive edge.
Each month thousands of contractors and consultants (suppliers) apply for work with public and private sector organisations (buyers). To win work, they must meet the buyer’s health and safety standards.Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.
CHAS assesses the applicants:
In 1997 a group of health and safety and procurement professionals from across Great Britain worked with the Association of London Government (ALG) to develop CHAS. In 2001 CHAS became a web-based system.
CHAS started with two main aims:
These days we have more than 500 public and private sector buyer organisations, such as councils, housing associations, NHS trusts, including a growing number of large private companies who employ sub-contractors.
Safe Contractor is a scheme run by the Government. Every month thousands of contractors and consultants apply for work with organisations in the public and private sectors. To be awarded the relevant contract, the companies and individuals applying must meet specific standards of health and safety.
The Safe Contractor Scheme has been developed to avoid each individual contract having to assess individual suppliers health and safety competence. As all Safe Contractor buyers accept proof of competence, when becoming Safe Contractor approved then duplication is reduced.
Safe Contractor has been developed and refined by Government Health and Safety and Procurement Professionals, with the support of the Health and Safety Executive, since 1999. The Safe Contractor scheme was initially developed by as SupplyLine, and later developed into Safe Contractor, and is now available for use by any public and private sector organisation when short listing Contractors, Suppliers and Consultants who apply to work for them as an aid. The scheme provides information and assurances about the health and safety systems and competence of the organisations who have been Safe Contractor accredited or assessed.
Founded in May 2009 following the Government report on Accelerating the SME economic engine: through transparent, simple and strategic procurement. Supported by the HSE SSIP aims to streamline prequalification and encourage straightforward mutual recognition between its Member Schemes.
SSIP is actively reducing health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain, by making cross-recognition between member schemes as effective as possible, and highlighting the savings to buyers and suppliers. All SSIP member schemes have fully committed to the vision of driving unnecessary cost and confusion out of supplier health and safety assessment, and SSIP’s core philosophy is to enable effective cross-recognition between existing schemes.
The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England.