Unusual Rigging gains ISO accreditations
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Tom Nightingale, Lizzie Richmond and Tom Harper
UK - Unusual Rigging has achieved a series of compliance standards that will provide its customers with the guarantee that its products and services consistently meet their requirements.
The Northampton-based company achieved both ISO 9001 which sets out the criteria for a quality management system, and ISO 14001 which focuses on environmental systems. Unusual is currently working towards securing ISO 45001 for good health and safety practice.
At the forefront of steering Unusual towards achieving these new standards are operations manager Lizzie Richmond and technical manager Tom Nightingale.
Richmond comments: ““We are extremely proud to have secured these ISO standards, which, though not compulsory, demonstrate to our customers that we are leading the way with our policies and processes. When we tender for work we are increasingly being asked to demonstrate how we meet the various requirements surrounding quality, environmental impact, health and safety etc and we have always been able to provide the evidence required. Achieving the ISO standards however makes this all more official.”
Nightingale adds: “ISO 9001 sets out to address various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best-known standards. These provide guidance and tools for companies who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customers’ requirements and that quality is consistently improved. In short, it formalises and documents all of the excellent processes that we at Unusual already have in place. It gives us a great tool to benchmark against and to strive for continuous improvement.”
ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.
Tom Harper, director and head of circular economy at Unusual, explains: “We are delighted with this formal recognition of the work we do in this area. Our design team prioritises simplicity, standardisation and utility over novelty, ‘one off’ solutions and complexity, with RFID we can trace an item’s footprint with utmost precision and predictive analytics through our bespoke asset tracking software. And, by increasing our workforce (labour is a renewable resource which enhances local economic wellbeing), we are continuously maintaining and repairing our resources, hence designing out waste.”
Richmond concludes: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at Unusual Rigging who has worked extremely hard to achieve ISO 9001 and 14001. To round it off with ISO 45001 will be the icing on the cake.”
(Jim Evans)

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