ISO 9001, produced and managed by BSI Group, is an internationally recognised Quality Management System (QMS) aiming to provide the guidance and tools needed to ensure organisations meet customer’s requirements and that quality is consistently improved.
The highway electrical sector has embraced the need to address current health and safety standards and, under the leadership of the Highways Agency, have established the National Highway Sector Scheme 8 (NHSS8). This scheme has been developed to highlight the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 that apply directly to the highway electrical sector.
The NHSS8 scheme requires all employees working within a highway electrical organisation be assessed against strict standards, proving their competence and allowing them to be certificated as an authorised person. These assessments are competed internally by a designated individual who has completed the Authorised Officer (AO) / Qualified Supervisor (QS) training.
Following the successful assessments, all authorised persons shall be placed on a register and issued with a registration card. This HERS card is issued by the JIB/SJIB under the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS), which also provides affiliation to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). All organisations working within the highway electrical sector must be registered to HERS who work to ensure all organisations operating with the sector are fully compliant with NHSS8. The HEA is the administrator of HERS.
HERS has four main objectives:
See below a flowchart providing a brief overview of the registration process: