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Accreditation: underpinning health and safety in the workplace
Businesses are facing increasing commercial and regulatory pressures to assess and control hazards and risks from their operations. UKAS accreditation ensures that employees, purchasers and regulators can have confidence in the provision of services that have an impact on health and safety in the workplace.
When contracting the services of external contractors to carry out activities that impact on health and safety, UKAS accreditation of testing, inspection and certification activities ensures that businesses are making an informed choice about those suppliers.
UKAS accredits testing and calibration laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025; General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
UKAS accreditation uses criteria and procedures specifically to determine technical competence. Laboratory accreditation assesses factors relevant to a laboratory’s ability to produce precise, accurate tests and data including the technical competence of staff, the validity and appropriateness of test methods, the suitability and maintenance of test equipment, the testing environment, sampling, handling and transportation of test items, and the quality assurance of test data.
Accredited testing is carried out in a number of areas including occupational hygiene, asbestos fibres and air monitoring, identification of legionella bacteria, land and air pollutants, and electrical safety.
UKAS accredits certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17021; Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems to provide certification in a range of areas that impact on health and safety in the workplace. These include OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management systems (OHSAS), ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS), ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification (EMS), ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems (EnMS), ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management systems (BCM), and ISO 28000 Supply Chain Security Management Systems (SCSMS).
Inspection bodies are accredited to ISO/IEC 17020: Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection that can be used to support the management of effective health and safety. This includes the inspection of pressure systems, storage vessels and tanks, asbestos surveying, legionella risk assessments, fire safety, lifts, power presses and piping systems.
UKAS provides accreditation for organisations seeking appointment by a UK competent authority under EC Directives or UK Regulations.