There are two ways by which a linings, coatings and painting company can demonstrate its skills and competence; testimonials/case studies, and accreditations. Testimonials will give you an idea of the type of service you will receive from the company, but accreditations are arguably more important, as these demonstrate that the company adheres to internationally recognised quality standards. Accreditations, especially those in the ISO series, give objective proof of the company’s competence and commitment to service delivery, and help you assess the value of your investment.
1) IS0 9001
ISO 9001 sets out a framework for an internationally recognised quality management system (QMS), governing the processes and procedures by which a company delivers its services. 9001 is the best known of the ISO accreditations, and is the certificate to look for if you want to guarantee a quality product and a verifiable commitment to customer service. To receive the accreditation, businesses must demonstrate value for money, competence and motivation among their management, efficient procedures, and a desire to continually improve their methods and processes. ISO 9001 standards are updated regularly (most recently in 2015) and accreditation-holders must be independently re-audited every three years.
2) ISO 14001
ISO 14001 deals with Environmental Management, and is an essential standard to look for when selecting a linings and surface treatment company. The accreditation sets out a strict system of environmental efficiency standards that encourage businesses to develop more sustainable practices, reduce waste, and implement responsible usage of natural and man-made resources. Excellent Environmental Management standards are good not just for ecological sustainability, but for reducing unnecessary costs and for providing an efficient service.
3) OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001)
The BSI accredited BS OHSAS 18001 – due to be subsumed into the new ISO 45001 in March 2021 – provides a framework of excellence for Occupational Health & Safety Management. Accreditation to BS OHSAS 18001 demonstrates not only that the company’s own staff are protected and safeguarded in the workplace (whether working in-house or on a customer site), but that they carry out their work in a demonstrably safe and sustainable way, according to international best practices. As with the ISO accreditations, BS OHSAS certificates are only awarded following an independent assessment and audit, in which the company proves their willingness to go beyond compliance and strive towards zero harm in their procedural and practical approach to health and safety.
4) Achilles UVDB Verification
Achilles UVDB Verify is an independent health, safety, quality, and environmental management framework, with a focus on corporate social responsibility. Why look for this accreditation if a business already has ISO 9001 and 14001? Because the standards, which are divided into five categories (A, B1, B2, C, D) provide detailed sets of safety criteria tailored to specific parts of the construction and manufacturing industries. Each category includes a framework designed to address the risk profile of each type of service, and is tailored to businesses of different sizes. Achilles UVDB Verification, therefore, underlines and strengthens the commitment to quality and environmental management established with ISO 9001 and 14001, and gives you concrete ideas about how these principles work in the field, through the company’s service delivery model. KUE Group are accredited to Category B2.
The first step to finding the most appropriate coatings and linings provider for your application is to get in touch and speak to some companies about what they can offer. At KUE Group, we provide a specialist surface treatment, painting, coating and lining service, tailored to large industrial plant in the power generation and manufacturing sectors. If you’d like to find out more about our accreditations, our policies and procedures, or our ongoing quality auditing processes, please call today on 01274 721188.