We love sharing our client’s success, and this is exactly what has happened with, Eastwood Group Holdings. They engaged SCS to renew their ISO certification so that they could continue to be recognised as the professional organisation they are and provide confidence to their customers and end users of their services. With a thorough certification process, we were delighted to see them achieve their registration with flying colours and achieve the following certification:

 

 

 

The Eastwood Group provide a one-stop shop for services across the lifecycle of a construction project including Licensed asbestos removal and licensed disposal, Demolition, Recycling and Waste Management. Along with civil engineering, minor building works and commercial fleet services.

“The Eastwood Group are delighted to have achieved our ISO accreditation for our integrated management system and greatly value the professionalism of SCS and their specialist auditors. Our aim at Eastwood’s is to improve our operations and controls; to enhance our efficiency and to increase customer services while continually developing our ISO management systems”.

Pictured L-R is Ghrame Holmes (Demolition Manager), Lyndsey Thompson (HSEQ Manager) and Matt Molloy (Asbestos Manager).

In support of the ISO London Declaration on Climate Change, ISO passed a resolution that will result in two new statements of text being added to a number of existing management systems standards, and will be included in all new standards under development/revision, to address the need to consider the effect of Climate Change on the ability to achieve the intended results of the management system.

 

The changes will be introduced initially as Amendments to these published standards. The changes (two new statements) will be incorporated into the new text of the Harmonized Structure (Appendix 2 of the Annex SL in the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1 Consolidated ISO Supplement) as follows.

 

4.1 Understanding the organization and its context. The organization shall determine external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and that affect its ability to achieve the intended result(s) of its XXX management system.

 

Added: The organization shall determine whether climate change is a relevant issue.

 

4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties. The organization shall determine:

• the interested parties that are relevant to the XXX management system.

• the relevant requirements of these interested parties.

• which of these requirements will be addressed through the XXX management system.

 

Added: NOTE: Relevant interested parties can have requirements related to climate change.

 

 

The amendments to the standards were published on 23 February 2024.

The changes apply to Standards we certify following:

ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, ISO 44001:2017

 

What does this mean for our certified clients?

Certified organisations should ensure that they have considered Climate Change aspects and risks within the development, maintenance, and effectiveness of their own management system(s).  Climate Change, along with other issues, should be determined as relevant or not and if so, considered within an evaluation of risk, within the scope of the management systems standards.

Where an organization operates more than one management system (for example Quality Management and Health and Safety Management), it should ensure that Climate Change, if determined to be relevant, is considered within the scope of each management system standard.

NB. The Principles, requirements and guidelines for the adaptation to climate change can be found in the ISO14090 suite of standards.

 

As a Certification Body, SCS already ensure that all internal and external issues have been determined by the organization as relevant or not and if so, considered in the development and effectiveness of the management system(s), as required by clauses 4.1 and 4.2.

 

However, with the new additions on Climate Change, our auditors are now obligated under this mandatory requirement to ensure that Climate Change has been explicitly considered and if determined to be a relevant issue for its management system, included in any objectives and mitigation activities, as required.

 

If it was considered not to be a relevant issue by the organisation for its management system, SCS are expected to ensure the effectiveness of the organisation’s process to make this determination and implementing related actions, when applicable.

 

If identified during the audit process that these new requirements have not been addressed effectively by certified organisations, the normal findings and gradings of Nonconformity (major/minor) or Opportunity for Improvement/Observation will be raised, and Corrective Actions required as necessary.

 

What is climate change?

The ISO 14090 standard defines climate change as any change in ‘climate’ that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. The risk of climate change describes the potential impact of climate change on societies, economies and the environment. Climate change impacts occur because a system is exposed to hazards (e.g. drought, flooding, heat stress). The sensitivity of the system* will determine the extent to which these hazards affect it. Impact is a function of both the exposure and the sensitivity of the system to hazards.

Note* A system can be a region, a community, a household, a supply chain, an economic sector, a business, a population group, an ecosystem, infrastructure and its components.

 

Further Guidance

Accreditation bodies and the IAF have been challenged to provide further guidance on interpretation of the extent of the auditing practices required. The APG (ISO 9001 Auditing Practices Group) has released a paper to support and guide third, second, and first party auditors on the potential effects of such amendments when auditing ISO 9001 and it is available here.

 

Viberoptix have come in and solidified their place as our longest audit to date, taking over 20 days with 4 auditors daily. This was a stressful task for both SCS and Viberoptix, and we are glad to announce that they were certified, with flying colours.

 

We would like to say a MASSIVE congratulations for the everybody at Viberoptix for playing a vital role in getting the audit over the line, as seamlessly as possible.

 

Viberoptix achieved certification against the following International Management System standards:

 

Viberoptix has had expediential growth from being formed on 3 January 2020 and opening their doors on 6 January 2020. Their rapid growth has come as no surprise as they go from strength to strength. From 20 employees in January 2020 to over 700 in 2024. We are hoping to see this rapid growth continued with the introduction of the IMS standards!

 

Natlie Regan (Head of HSEQ), kindly left us these words on her experience working with SCS:

“I have had the privilege of working with SCS Ltd who have audited and successfully certified our newly implemented ISO Management system at Viberoptix. Throughout the process, each SCS team member demonstrated their ability to assess the complex situations and key challenges of our business whilst using a pragmatic approach to understand our principles, practices, and overarching goals and objectives.

Our assigned lead auditor, David Hobson, possessed extensive technical knowledge of the industry and quickly developed a collaborative working environment, communicating with colleagues at all levels enabling a concise, effective, and highly positive audit process and experience.

I would recommend SCS Ltd to any company working towards their Management System journey. Their pragmatic approach, deep understanding of business dynamics, technical expertise and exemplary professionalism makes them the number one accreditation body to select for your certification process”.

 

As for SCS, this was a great audit to be part of. Dave Hobson also wanted to add his share of words for his experience during this lengthy audit:

 Working within a highly regulated and technically challenging high paced sector can be a difficult environment in which to implement and maintain an effective management system, however by engaging its people and retaining an effective internal training capability, Viberoptix has been able to achieve a high level of conformity. The senior management leadership team has created a positive culture enabling the HSEQ Team to deploy the process approach across organisational activities, identifying problems and potential problems and collectively the organisation is committed to the pursuit of best practice, helping to realise operational benefits for its customers, workforce and other interested parties. The audit process was effective in covering all the locations, sites and operations across the UK & Ireland, and the process is always a pleasure when working with confident, competent, and knowledgeable auditee personnel. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of the many strategic improvement objectives and initiatives in progress. Congratulations to all at Viberoptix and many thanks to all the Team for their cooperation throughout the certification process.”

 

At SCS we are very proud of our clients and are always excited by the improvements we see with all of our clients; we are looking forward to our next visit to Viberoptix to see the systems in place.

 

To see why our client base is constantly growing, get in touch with us today. We would love to chat with you regarding ISO certification.

Email: Connor.ogle@systemcertification.co.uk

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Simply follow this link to receive a FREE quote for your ISO certification!

Pictured from left to right: Bronagh Carney (Viberoptix), Natalie Regan (Viberoptix), Naomhan McCrory (CEO) and Tony Duff (SCS)

In support of the ISO London Declaration on Climate Change, ISO passed a resolution that will result in two new statements of text being added to a number of existing management systems standards, and will be included in all new standards under development/revision, to address the need to consider the effect of Climate Change on the ability to achieve the intended results of the management system.

The changes will be introduced initially as Amendments to these published standards. The changes (two new statements) will be incorporated into the new text of the Harmonized Structure (Appendix 2 of the Annex SL in the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1 Consolidated ISO Supplement) as follows.

 

4.1 Understanding the organisation and its context. The organisation shall determine external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and that affect its ability to achieve the intended result(s) of its XXX management system.

 

Added: The organisation shall determine whether climate change is a relevant issue.

 

4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties. The organisation shall determine:

• the interested parties that are relevant to the XXX management system.

• the relevant requirements of these interested parties.

• which of these requirements will be addressed through the XXX management system.

 

Added: NOTE: Relevant interested parties can have requirements related to climate change.

The amendments to the standards were published on 23 February 2024.

The changes apply to Standards we certify following:

ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, ISO 44001:2017

 

What does this mean for our certified clients?

Certified organisations should ensure that they have considered Climate Change aspects and risks within the development, maintenance, and effectiveness of their own management system(s).  Climate Change, along with other issues, should be determined as relevant or not and if so, considered within an evaluation of risk, within the scope of the management systems standards.

Where an organisation operates more than one management system (for example Quality Management and Health and Safety Management), it should ensure that Climate Change, if determined to be relevant, is considered within the scope of each management system standard.

NB. The Principles, requirements and guidelines for the adaptation to climate change can be found in the ISO14090 suite of standards.

As a Certification Body, SCS already ensure that all internal and external issues have been determined by the organisation as relevant or not and if so, considered in the development and effectiveness of the management system(s), as required by clauses 4.1 and 4.2.

However, with the new additions on Climate Change, our auditors are now obligated under this mandatory requirement to ensure that Climate Change has been explicitly considered and if determined to be a relevant issue for its management system, included in any objectives and mitigation activities, as required.

If it was considered not to be a relevant issue by the organisation for its management system, SCS are expected to ensure the effectiveness of the organisation’s process to make this determination and implementing related actions, when applicable.

If identified during the audit process that these new requirements have not been addressed effectively by certified organisations, the normal findings and gradings of Nonconformity (major/minor) or Opportunity for Improvement/Observation will be raised, and Corrective Actions required as necessary.

To find out more about the recent ammenments in relation to climate change, you can do so by following this link.

In the world of business, the term “ISO certification” often gets thrown around, but what exactly does it mean? If you're one of those who've heard about ISO certification but aren't quite sure what it entails or how it could benefit your business, fear not! This blog is here to reveal ISO certification, focusing on four key standards: ISO 9001, 14001, 44001, and 45001.

 

What is ISO Certification?

ISO stands for the International Organisation for Standardisation, a global body that develops and publishes international standards to ensure quality, safety, and efficiency across various industries. ISO certification is a formal recognition that a company meets specific standards set by ISO in areas such as quality management, environmental management, collaboration, and occupational health and safety.

 

ISO 9001: Quality Management Systems

Let's start with ISO 9001, one of the most widely recognised ISO standards. ISO 9001 focuses on quality management systems (QMS) and outlines requirements for organisations to demonstrate their ability to provide a product and/ or services that meet customer and regulatory requirements, consistently. Implementing ISO 9001, businesses can enhance customer satisfaction, improve processes, and increase efficiency, leading to higher profitability and more competitiveness in their market.

 

ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems

Next we have ISO 14001, which deals with environmental management systems (EMS). This standard helps organisations identify, prioritise, and manage environmental risks and opportunities. By implementing ISO 14001, companies can reduce their environmental footprint, comply with environmental regulations, and enhance their reputation as environmentally responsible entities. ISO 14001 certification demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and can attract environmentally conscious customers and stakeholders.

 

ISO 44001: Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems

ISO 44001 is a relatively newer standard, compared to the previous standards. ISO 44001 focuses on collaborative business relationship management. This is the least common ISO standard out of the four, with less than 1000 certificates worldwide. It provides a framework for establishing, managing, and improving collaborative relationships between organisations, whether they are customers, suppliers, or partners. ISO 44001 shows trust, transparency, and mutual benefit in business relationships, leading to increased innovation, efficiency, and resilience in supply chains and partnerships.

 

ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Last but certainly not least is ISO 45001, which addresses occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS). This standard aims to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities by providing a systematic approach to identifying and managing occupational health and safety risks. Implementing ISO 45001 demonstrates a commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for employees, contractors, and visitors, leading to reduced absence, improved morale, and enhanced workplace productivity.

 

Benefits of ISO Certification

Now that you (hopefully) understand the basics of ISO 9001, 14001, 44001, and 45001, let's explore some common benefits of ISO certification for businesses:

  1. Enhanced Credibility and Reputation: ISO certification serves as a mark of quality, reliability, and compliance, enhancing the credibility and reputation of certified organisations in the eyes of customers, partners, and stakeholders.
  2. Improved Efficiency and Effectiveness: By implementing ISO standards, businesses can streamline processes, reduce waste, and optimise resource utilszation, leading to improved efficiency and effectiveness across all operations.
  3. Compliance with Regulations and Requirements: ISO certification helps organisations comply with regulatory requirements and industry standards, reducing the risk of penalties, fines, and legal liabilities associated with non-compliance.
  4. Increased Market Opportunities: ISO certification opens doors to new markets and opportunities by demonstrating a commitment to quality, environmental responsibility, collaboration, and occupational health and safety, which are increasingly important considerations for customers and partners worldwide.
  5. Better Risk Management: ISO standards provide a systematic approach to identifying, assessing, and managing risks, helping organisations anticipate and mitigate potential threats to their business continuity and success.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, ISO certification is not just a technical exercise; it's a strategic investment that can significantly benefit businesses of all sizes and sectors. Whether you're looking to improve quality, minimise environmental impact, increase collaboration, or ensure workplace safety, ISO 9001, 14001, 44001, and 45001 offer valuable frameworks and guidelines to help you achieve your objectives.

So, if you're still on the fence about ISO certification, consider the potential rewards it can bring to your business and take the first step towards becoming an ISO-certified organisation. Remember, in today's competitive business landscape, standing out for the right reasons can make all the difference!

At SCS, we are always here to help. Get in touch with any questions or quesries you may have and les help transform your business together, one certification at a time!

Connor.ogle@systemcertification.co.uk
028 9244 4230

Building on the establishment of our organisation’s baseline emissions in 2022, with the aim to improve our environmental effectiveness, SCS are pleased to announce that our 2023 annual review has been completed. As before, all of our operations were considered as in-scope, although we have had to omit our office consumable supplies from our Scope 3 Emission calculations as their supply chain is fragmented and any assumptions would prove unreliable.

Again, we utilised the UK Government’s GHG Conversion Factors and the methodologies enshrined in ISO14064, PAS2060 and the Energy Institutes guidance on carbon management planning, and the key output for 2023 was a GHG Intensity Ratio of 13.88kg CO2e per client audit day which is an over 5% reduction in the 2022 figures.

This has been achieved by changing some operational processes, utilising ICT for meetings rather than travelling, and adopting a hybrid approach for client’s audit activities, where permissible and appropriate. Over the next year we will be looking at further efficiencies in process effectiveness and direct reduction through use of technologies.   

As compensation for our total tCO2e emissions detailed in our 2023 Annual Environmental Report, we are again investing in both Peatland restoration and UK woodland creation projects, as follows, through our partners, Forest Carbon.

 

Project 1: Corriechuillie

Credit Type: Pending Issuance Units (PIUs)

Assurance: Woodland Carbon Code

Location: Grantown on Spey, Highland, United Kingdom

The vision at Corriechuillie is to take low-grade agricultural land out of productive use, to create a 17ha area of native woodland for conservation and biodiversity.

 

Project 2: Hawkshaw

Credit Type: Pending Issuance Units (PIUs)

Assurance: Woodland Carbon Code

Location: Biggar, Borders, United Kingdom

Hawkshaw is a 26ha new native broadleaf woodland in the Scottish Borders. This woodland will be managed on a non-intervention basis and provide a range of benefits including rainwater interception, biodiversity, air quality, habitat, and amenity.

 

Project 3: Duich Moss

Credit Type: Pending Issuance Units (PIUs)

Assurance: Peatland Code

Location: Isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom

 

Duich Moss is a Peatland restoration project on Islay, bordered by the River Laggan and north of the Duich River. Restoration activities are essential to rewet this area and prevent further erosion special scientific interest.

66.6% of the investment is in UK woodland projects that will capture CO2, conserve the natural habitat, and increase biodiversity. The growing trees will also provide wider co-benefits beyond climate mitigation, including flood alleviation, water quality improvements, habitat creation, employment, public access, sustainable timber and cleaner air.

33.3% of the investment is in Peatland restoration of degraded bog habitat, increasing the ability of the peatland to store water, support wildlife and mitigate the risk of flooding downstream, as well as reducing GHG emissions from the degraded peatlands which are still in excess of 23 million tonnes per year: around 5% of the UK’s total carbon footprint.

SCS investment in these projects is not for use for hard carbon offsetting claims, but rather to support nature in a quality assured and transparent way.

In order to practice what we preach, it is essential that SCS continue our Carbon reduction journey, and we hope our current and future clients join us in investing in the collective reduction, removal, and avoidance of carbon emissions. For those with an Environmental Management System this is a verifiable way of demonstrating impact reduction as required by the International Standard, ISO 14001.

 

Find out more about how our certification services can help your organisation by visiting our 14001 page on our website