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How ISO standards can boost your construction business

by Kim Latham - 28 May 2019


The construction industry remains one of the most important sectors of a nation. It boosts the economy and is often the largest employer, according to Touchstone. As well as playing a vital role in the construction of buildings and infrastructure, it also provides services and products for export worldwide.

ISO standards provide the construction sector with solutions, innovation, tools, and the resources to tackle new challenges. Implementing new ISO standards has the potential to boost a companies’ business by adding credibility and by allowing construction firms to skip a certain amount of questionnaires on tender bids as ISO accreditation is proof enough that the company is qualified in certain areas.

What is an ISO standard?

The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) can help provide your construction business with robust management systems covering a range of processes. Gaining ISO certification in these standards can help complete pre-qualification questionnaires, qualify for government contracts, and win tenders, says QMS International.

“Standards make market access easier, in particular for SMEs. They can enhance brand recognition and give customers the guarantee that the technology is tested and reliable.”

Jens Albens CEO, Nanotron Technologies Ltd, Germany published in ISO.

What is an ISO standard used for?

The ISO produces guidelines and specifications that workers can refer to so that materials, products, and processes are consistently fit for purpose. This ensures that customers know that their products/utilities (from buildings to road safety to toys) are safe and reliable and of good quality. Governments, regulators, and even industry associations rely on ISO standards to help develop better regulation.

Who creates ISO standards?

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is appointed by the UK Government as the National Standards Body and represents UK interests at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the European Standards Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI). Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body.

From start to finish, BSI’s solutions equip all companies across the supply chain with the necessary knowledge and tools to successfully and safely deliver services at all stages of construction projects. They are involved with companies who design, deliver, and manage all forms of buildings from housing, industrial and commercial to hospitals and schools, as well as infrastructure projects.

How can an ISO standard boost your business?

ISO standards are an excellent management tool to continuously improve your business. In addition, potential and existing clients will see that you wish to demonstrate a compliant business that wants to excel, says Positive About Business.

It is now becoming incredibly common for organisations to require contractors to demonstrate proficiency in key disciplines. The ISO certification system is now so universally known it will allow companies to skip entire sections in a large percentage of pre-qualification questionnaires.

ISO 9001 is perhaps the most important of these standards proving that your company has the management systems in place to produce a consistently high quality of service.

However, if you are considering ISO certification it is vital that you choose an UKAS accredited Certification Company. Many organisations, especially those in the public sector will only recognise certificates that have been issued through an UKAS accredited company, according to the British Assessment Bureau.

“A lot of people think standards are just for big companies because they’re complex, expensive tools. Nothing could be further from the truth,”

Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI

Five ISO certification courses from the British Assessment Bureau

Fast track to ISO certification London

ISO 14001 ISO 45001 ISO 9001

June 18, 2019 | £495.00 + VAT

If you’re looking to achieve ISO certification quickly and simply, then this fast track training to the internationally recognised quality management standard could be for you.

Fast Track to ISO Certification Manchester

ISO 14001 ISO 45001 ISO 9001

August 13, 2019 | £495.00 + VAT

This one-day workshop provides interactive presentations and role-play sessions on topics that include:

An overview of the ISO standards

What the standard means for your business

How to develop an effective quality management system

Producing documentation

External recognition of the certification.

ISO 45001 Awareness London

June 27, 2019 | £495.00 + VAT

ISO 45001:2018 is the standard for Health and Safety, this training will guide you on how to properly implement the management system.

ISO 27001 Awareness Birmingham

24 July, 2019 | £495.00 + VAT

Last year, 74% of SME’s suffered a cyber-attack. As well as the monetary loss, the damage to reputation can be severe. In this one-day course, we will show you how to properly implement and maintain an effective ISO 27001 management system that will help you protect your client’s data.

As well as covering the fundamentals, this masterclass will enable delegates to plan and carry out successful internal audits and report their findings to Senior Management.

ISO Internal Auditor London

ISO 14001 ISO 45001 ISO 9001

June 26, 2019 | £495.00 + VAT

An effective ISO 9001, ISO 14001 or ISO 45001 management system requires ongoing review and updating. This is the role of the Internal Auditor. They should be able to plan and carry out successful internal audits and report their findings to Senior Management.

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