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ISO-14001-climate-changeThe words “climate emergency” will be heard increasingly across the media as the government urges us all to do more to reduce harmful emissions.
A climate emergency was declared by Britain’s parliament, a world first, recently followed by Ireland’s parliament.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, we have just 12 years to avoid the worst effects of climate change before we reach the critical tipping point. The report investigated the effects of an increase in global temperatures from 1.5C to 2C. We are currently heading towards an increase of 3C.

At the current rate of global warming the worst effects of climate change will take place between 2030 and 2052 if no action is taken to reduce emissions.

The impact of climate change will be felt by businesses around the world as the effects disrupt the economic performance of global corporations. Causes will range from extreme weather disrupting supply chains to stricter climate regulations and the increasing price of coal, oil and gas. Moves towards clean energy could also have an impact on manufacturing costs and the effects of global warming will touch every area of our society.

A recent report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) covering 215 of the world’s largest corporations found that they could potentially face costs related to climate change in the region of £790 million in the decades ahead.

ISO 14001 certification to help combat the effects of climate change
ISO 14001 can help businesses to reduce their environmental impact by helping to identify areas of improvement.

Reducing waste, using clean energy, installing effective insulation and fitting energy efficient lighting are some of the actions that will not only help the environment but also reduce your operating costs and save money.

Demonstrating your commitment to the environment will give you an advantage over competitors when tendering for new business.

Recycling and using recyclable materials can help to conserve materials and produce less waste.

Engaging your employees and making it easy for them to recycle materials and conserve energy will benefit your business and improve employee morale.

ISO 14001 risk assessments to plan for the challenges of a changing climate
The recent revisions to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 include an increasing emphasis on risk assessments and a culture of risk-based thinking. Using the framework of your ISO 14001 Environmental Management System to identify areas for improvement over the next 10 years will help your business to survive the challenges and financial risks of climate change. Some of the risks include:
  • The effect of energy costs rising.
  • The risk of extreme weather events disrupting the supply chain.
  • New regulations and tighter controls on emissions.
  • Tax increases to curb emissions.
  • Transport cost increases.
Initiating a plan to minimise the risks and identify benefits will help your business continue to grow through these challenging times.

To find out about ISO 14001 certification please call one of our team on 0121 241 2299.
Stanmore-construction-company-case-studySuccessful certification of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001) audited by
ACS Registrars Ltd


Stanmore Ltd is a rapidly expanding business in a demanding market with tight timescales and a high demand for certification standards to ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015, OHSAS18001:2013 and ISO27001:13

Background
Stanmore is one of the UK’s leading Drylining and Facade Specialist Subcontractors. With an annual turnover of £135m they have worked with the majority of the largest Developers and Main Contractors in the South East of England.

The company is certified as follows:
  • Specialist façade, fitting out and dry lining providers.
  • Specialist Glazing fitting out providers.
  • Installers of structural and architectural steelwork including stainless steel.
  • Fabricators of structural and architectural steelwork including stainless steel.
Stanmore combines its over 50 years of experience in construction methods with the acquired expertise to become one of the most recognized brand names in today's Market.

As a result, they are not only able to offer a range of drywall partitions, wall lining, screed and ceilings but also lightweight steel frames, insulated external render systems, through colour render, rain screen cladding systems, windows & doors, copings and fascia’s.

ISO 9001
Stanmore’s quality management system tied together all the operating systems and forms. Producing unified procedures and records so that on the site level, each site is using the same documentation and procedures. This projects a positive image of the company so that a client may have several sites running at the same time but the client sees the same document format and presentation.

Improvements have also been made in having this unified approach to not only the management of the business, but also the project on site and at the fabrication stage with regards to the metalwork part of the organisation.

ISO 14001
Stanmore work on a diversity of construction projects, from residential houses and apartments to complex schools, hospitals, community buildings, industrial warehousing and high-rise commercial / residential units.

Having the correct processes in place means their clients can feel confident that their projects are completed with the environment in mind by reducing waste and recycling materials to meet the requirements of ISO 14001.

OHSAS 18001 (soon to become ISO 45001)

Health and safety is at the top of Stanmore’s agenda. As one of the UK’s largest developers working on diverse projects and employing a range of skilled staff, OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001) ensures health and safety risks are being assessed and managed.
ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) is probably the most popular and recognised of all the ISO standards used by businesses to demonstrate that they are operating efficiently to provide quality products or services to their customers.

ISO 9001 is one of a range of ISO standards that benefits businesses and institutions by providing audited certification to help them to increase sales and trade at home and abroad. It is often the first of a raft of other standards that a business will use to demonstrate their focus on customer satisfaction.

Other standards regularly combined with ISO 9001 include ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001) and ISO 27001.

ISO standards are implemented by businesses to provide consistent and measurable management systems that can be used by their customers (buyers) to select suppliers. Achieving an ISO certification such as ISO 9001 will open doors to new customers and markets.

ISO is an international organisation and currently spans 162 member countries which recognise the importance of these standards to increase international trade. ISO, though recognised by the EU is not connected to the EU.

Certification bodies will continue to be audited by UKAS to provide organisations with UKAS accredited certification to help them retain and win new business in international markets.

Whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, the UK government will continue to recognise UKAS as the sole national accreditation body and UKAS accredited certification will retain international recognition.

The UK government has confirmed this through the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial strategy drafted in a statutory instrument in preparation for a no deal Brexit.

As far as ISO standards are concerned, it is business as usual.

Containers-international-tradeEffects of a no deal Brexit on business
The UK has been granted an extension to Brexit until 31st October 2019. This gives businesses additional time to prepare for a possible no deal.

Some commentators have increased their odds on a no deal resulting from the stalemate in negotiations for Brexit.

We may find that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, exporters will face difficult trading conditions for a while.

Headlines from a variety of forecasters are expecting a downturn in trade due to the disruptions that will be caused at the border and lack of clarity on customs tariffs.

In these circumstances, UK businesses that have an ISO standard such as ISO 9001 can gain advantages over some of their EU competitors that do not. Also, while trade barriers with the EU may lead to a reduced market in the short term, gaining access to new markets outside the EU will support businesses through the Brexit no deal transition.

Your ISO 9001 QMS will provide the framework you need to meet the challenges of a Brexit no deal.

If you have implemented ISO 9001 QMS in your business, you can help to minimise the effect of a no deal because risk assessment is a fundamental part of ISO 9001. Carrying out a Brexit no deal risk assessment will help you to:
  • Identify areas that will impact your business.
  • Analyse solutions.
  • Instigate changes.
Following a no deal, there will probably be an increase in administration costs and more forms to fill in to continue to trade with the EU. As part of your continuous improvements, ISO 9001 will help to streamline your administration and identify unnecessary and time-consuming tasks to free up more time to deal with the extra paperwork.

Leadership from top management and involvement in the businesses management system is one of the new requirements for ISO 9001:2015 (ISO 9001:2008 revised) which will help drive through the changes that will be required to prepare for a no deal.

Get expert help. If you think ISO 9001 would help your business to survive Brexit or if your certification is coming up for renewal and you would like to discuss some of the challenges you may face, call 0121 241 2299 and talk to one of our team.
The ISO 9001 standard is one of a suite of ISO standards that are trusted by every industry sector to provide a globally recognised quality management system (QMS).

Whether you are in manufacturing, construction, automotive, aerospace, transport, local authority, charity or the service sector, ISO 9001 demonstrates to your customers that you have a quality management system in place that will consistently deliver to recognised standards.

Maintaining ISO 9001 certification or any other ISO standard will require regular audits to maintain and continuously improve your quality management systems. This gives your customers confidence that the quality of your products or services will be consistent and maintained to a high level to give them the best customer experience.

cogs-showing-delivery-and-quality-for-ISO-9001Benefits to your business
It is not only your customers who will benefit when you achieve ISO 9001 certification.

You can expect to increase profits by reducing waste and being more efficient and productive. Implementing effective management systems will improve employee relations and minimise mistakes. Better internal communications between all areas of the business will help to provide better reporting and delivery to customers.

Winning new business and retention of existing customers will be easier to achieve. Some of your customers or potential customers at home and abroad may even require certification before working with you.

If established correctly, the QMS should be unique to your business and implemented across your organisation to provide all the benefits without being over complicated and getting bogged down in paperwork. It should also have the backing of top management to drive the changes and focus on the benefits.

ISO 9001 certification bodies  
The success of ISO standards is down to the process of continuous improvement and checking, or auditing, that is carried out to monitor management systems. This provides proof to your customers that your business has processes in place and is maintaining them to the recognised standard.

The certification body you choose to carry out audits must not have any connection with your consultant or trainers who have helped set up your QMS. This ensures a completely impartial review of your documentation to maintain the integrity of your certification.

Choosing a UKAS accredited certification body means they have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to ensure competence, performance and impartiality.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the only national accreditation body recognised by government. Achieving UKAS accredited certification means your customers do not have to carry out multiple assessments before they can start trading with you which will help you to open new markets for your business.

The stages to achieve certification include:
  • Preparation for an audit. Carried out internally or by a consultant.
  • Stage 1 audit to review documented management system, ideally by a UKAS accredited certification body.
  • Stage 2 audit to check any corrections from the first audit have been actioned.
  • Certificate decision is made once any non-conformities have been addressed.
  • Issue of certificate.
  • Ongoing surveillance audits.
To take your business to the next level and achieve a globally recognised certification, call one of our team on 0121 241 2299.
ISO 27001 is one of the most recognised standards for Information Security Management and is part of the globally respected ISO suite of Management System Standards.

Since the introduction of the ANNEX SL framework, organisations already certified to one ISO Management System Standard will now find it easier to comply with other ISO standards, such as ISO 27001, due to a common clause framework across ISO standards.

Certification demonstrates that you have a robust management system to comply with the latest security, privacy and compliance requirements for today’s digital age.

Suitable for all sizes of organisation
Blue chip companies, global cloud service providers and small to medium sized businesses are aware of the risks of cybercrime and the havoc it can cause an organisation.

ISO-27001-cloud-services-protectionGoogle Cloud is one organisation that has realised the value of regular independent third-party audits of security, compliance and data processing frameworks needed to achieve ISO 27001 certification.

You don’t have to be as big as Google to benefit from ISO 27001 certification. Recent research by Beaming (UK Internet Service Provider) showed that in the UK, small businesses bore the brunt of £17 billion worth of cyber-attacks in 2018. ISO 27001 is as relevant to small businesses as it is to large organisations and provides a framework to protect SMEs from outside attack and internal errors by employees.

With more businesses relying on cloud services, choosing the right provider and assessing how your employees share information requires a high level of control to ensure data is not inadvertently shared with the wrong group of people, or worse, publicly.

Whether you have your own self hosted IT or you rely on cloud-based services, having regular independent third-party audits of your Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) will protect your IT network from a range of events.

ISO 27001 certification
Part of the certification process is to identify the information held, look at the risks and threats and put in place a framework to minimise a breach.

Loss of data can come from many sources and can include hackers, your own employees and natural disasters such as fire and flood.

Having a system of checks and controls will help to prevent a breach and provide procedures to minimise the impact of a loss.

A range of security controls are the backbone of the standard and include (not fully inclusive):
  • Security policies
  • Employee security
  • Management of data assets
  • Access control
  • Encryption
  • Physical and environmental security
  • Incident management
  • System maintenance
  • Business continuity
  • Regulatory compliance
To minimise your risks of falling victim of an inadvertent click on a phishing email by an employee, a deliberate cyber-attack or a natural disaster, call ACS Registrars on 0121 241 2299.