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ISO Standards: what are they and why do they matter?

Updated: Mar 30, 2023


The International Standardisation Organisation, or ISO, are an independent group that brings together experts to create and share voluntary, consensus-based International Standards.


Formed in 1947 and regularly updated and expanded, these standards form the basis of recognisable quality among between companies and act as a green flag to potential buyers. To date, there are roughly 22,000 ISO standards, however this blog will focus on three pertinent to Kite Group Ltd: ISO 45001, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.


ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

ISO 45001 is an international standard for health and safety at work, providing requirements and guidance for a management system to prevent occupational injury and ill health.


This standard is particularly important to Kite Group. Introduced in March 2018, ISO 45001 replaced the old standard BS OHSAS 18001. The main advantage to the new standard is the proactive approach it takes to evaluating hazards – eliminating risks before they have a chance to cause harm.

iso 45001:2018 health and safety at work logo

Kite take safety very seriously – as part of the safety industry, it is the paramount concern for all parts of the business. ISO 45001:2018 is one of many ways that Kite signals to customers the intimate understanding they have of workplace safety.



ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems

ISO 9001 is the standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system within a business or organisation. Strong customer focus, continual improvement and a highly motivated top management are some of the principles that guide the ISO 9001 standard.

iso 9001:2015 quality management system logo

As a market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of safety

products, Kite are dedicated to quality in every aspect of the business; from exceptional customer service to first-class products. Through adhering to ISO 9001’s guiding principles, Kite Group’s certification proves that quality is at the very heart of the company ethos.


ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems

ISO 14001 concerns the requirements set out for an environmental management system within a business. As the climate crisis draws further attention, it is vital that businesses play their part in reducing their own negative environmental impact.

iso 14001:2015 environment management system logo in green

Kite have committed to reducing their carbon footprint through implementing proactive initiatives, choosing products that can be used sustainably and aiming to reduce their output of harmful fumes, wasteful production energy and transport pollution.


This standard encourages businesses and organisations to focus on life-cycle thinking; from development to end-of-life, the environmental impact of products and services must be at the forefront. As of 2022, Kite Group are also going the extra mile in recording their carbon output with the aim of going carbon neutral.


The safety of the planet should be a key consideration of the safety industry, and KITE are proud to commit to ISO 14001 to help protect it.


As we look to the new year, Kite Group are proud to commit to the international standards of health and safety, quality and environmentalism. Through the company’s best practice in these fields, ISO 45001, 9001 and 14001 have been awarded to Kite. The company will not rest here, however.


Follow Kite Group on LinkedIn to read in the next few weeks about Kite’s commitments through Constructionline Gold and Planet Mark.

 

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