Reliance High-Tech, the leading independent security technology integrator, has announced that it has gained certification from the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) to the prestigious ISO 45001 occupational health and safety standard. Following a rigorous and robust two-stage assessment process, Reliance High-Tech demonstrated its ability to provide a legally compliant working environment, mitigate potential hazards and foster a culture where employees are more aware, engaged and committed to safety.
Although the common perception of health and safety legislation is that it is excessive and onerous, it is important to remember that it exists for a very important reason – to prevent injury and loss of life. Anyone who thinks that the issue is overstated should consider the fact that in the 12 months to April 2023 there were 135 people killed at work, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Furthermore, there were 61,713 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR between 2021 and 2023 and 36.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and injury.
‘This latest achievement complements our existing range of ISO certifications that includes ISO 9001 quality management, ISO 14001 environmental management and ISO 27001 information security management,’ stated Darrel Skinner, health and safety environmental and quality manager at Reliance High-Tech. ‘It highlights our determination to operate to the very highest international standards, minimise incidents and accidents, reduce employee absence and reassure customers of our commitment to health and safety.’
A globally recognised occupational health and safety standard, ISO 45001 sets out a framework that employers can implement to address any issues. Based upon the Plan, Do, Check, Act structure pioneered by management quality expert, W Edwards Deming, it ensures that the hazards and risks associated with an organisation’s activities are systematically identified, assessed, controlled, monitored, and continuously improved upon. This involves a constant process of analysis to make enhancements and Reliance High-Tech will seek to configure more effective ways of operating, along with ensuring that any defined objectives are compatible with its overall strategic direction.
Employees across all levels of Reliance High-Tech were consulted in the development and implementation of health and safety measures in order to understand their needs, concerns and expectations. Meanwhile, relevant data will be collected and analysed to implement and refine key performance indicators, so that hazards are recognised, and risks eliminated.
Certification also requires senior management at Reliance High-Tech to champion the cause of health and safety across all levels of the organisation, be directly involved in understanding risks, opportunities, and stakeholder expectations, and ensure that adequate resources and support are provided. As a driving force behind ISO 45001 compliance, their commitment is evident through active participation in safety audits and regular reviews of the company’s health and safety performance.
Alistair Enser, chief executive officer at Reliance High-Tech, concluded, ‘I’m delighted that we have achieved ISO 45001, as it is a vital piece of the jigsaw that we needed to create the safest possible working environment for everyone at the company. It’s also a source of competitive advantage: in today’s complex and rapidly changing world, it is more important that you work with a trusted partner who understands the implications. Do they have Cyber Essentials Plus? Are they certified to ISO 45001, ISO 27001, or ISO 22301? Working with an installer that carries all of these is essential.”