Construction accounts for 7% of the UKs GDP and covers a wide range of industries including civil engineering contracting, ground works, structural engineering, architecture, demolition, design & build, building renovation & fitout and much more...
The construction sector is typified by high compliance requirements as clients seek assurance that the work undertaken will be conducted safely, to a high quality and with minimal adverse impact on the environment. Often this involves certifications in ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 but lately has been including 27001 for some companies.
Demands on business involved in construction are high - at 2SB we understand the challenges of mobile workforces, high risk environments, tight resources and the management of suppliers & subcontractors. We will help you build a robust but flexible way of managing these elements of your business so you can consistently deliver projects and maintain a notable reputation.
We see ISO 9001 Certification as a business management system for construction companies. It should form the bedrock of your business and ensure that you are able to get on with what you do best.
Some typical benefits that our clients have experienced are:
Construction has traditionally had a poor image with regards to the environment, but is working harder than almost any other to turn this around. Clients, whether the end user or principal contractor, place high value on businesses that can demonstrate their environmental credentials, and there is no better way to do this than by gaining an ISO 14001 certification.
Clients we have worked with have reported the following benefits:
Health & Safety should be considered by all businesses to be their number one priority. ISO 45001 (and OHSAS 18001) are both standards that significantly improve a business's control over its environment, allowing employees to feel more valued, engaged and productive - returning home safely each day. The UK is a world leader in this field and we work with our clients to ensure that they have the controls they need to properly look after their staff, visitors and the public.
Our clients have said the following benefits have come from implementing a H&S management system:
ISO 45001 was officially published on the 12th March 2018. All businesses certified to OHSAS 18001:2007 from this date have 3 years to migrate to the ISO 45001:2018 standard.
If your businesses annual external audit is scheduled between January and February to early March, your certification body and auditor is likely to advise you to go for the migration in 2020.
This is so your business has time to correct any potential non-conformances before the migration date passes.
Failure to migrate within the required time frame would result in your business losing its certification and having to undergo the full certification process again, through Stage 1 and Stage 2, in order to become re-certified.
Businesses yet to migrate are therefore likely to be going for ISO 45001:2018 at some point in 2020. If you would like some advice on the changes within the new Occupational Health and Safety standard, please get in contact with us and one of our consultants will be happy to chat.