The Highways Sector Scheme (HSS)
National Highways Sector Schemes are bespoke integrated management schemes within an ISO 9001:2000 framework.
They have been developed in partnership with all sides of the highways industry to interpret the international quality management standard as it applies to a particular activity or industry within the United Kingdom.
They are designed to:
- Provide an industry benchmark
- Ensure that all processes are planned
- Provide a basis for continuous improvement
- Focus on quality as an objective
- Reduce overall costs for the client and supplier
- Provide and maintain a properly trained and competent workforce
- Involve all sides of the industry in scheme ownership within a partnership framework
- Ensure that Certification Bodies use auditors with technical knowledge and experience of the sector concerned
- Promote confidence in quality management systems
The various Schemes are managed by separate technical advisory committees. Each Sector Scheme technical advisory committee interprets ISO 9001 in relation to the requirements of their particular activity. A consensus is reached on the minimum levels of workmanship, services, products, testing and the training and competency of operatives needed to meet specification requirements. Auditor qualifications and requirements in respect of Environmental Management Systems and other management systems are also established. The details are contained in the individual Sector Scheme Documents.
The technical advisory committees are made up of representatives from across the sector, from clients, contractors, suppliers, trade associations, training organisations and certification bodies.
The individual technical advisory committees are overseen by the Highways Sector Scheme Liaison Group. This forum provides a focus for discussion in the effectiveness of the Sector Schemes and co-ordinates developments so that they can be uniformly taken forward by each of the technical advisory committees.
The Sector Schemes are included in the procurement process through reference in the Specification for Highway Works (SHW). For Highways Agency contracts their use is a mandatory requirement of SHW.
The Sector Scheme Documents are published by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) on behalf of the technical advisory committees. They can be downloaded from their web site www.ukas.com.
A list of registered organisations is maintained by the Secretary of the Sector Scheme technical advisory committee. Lantra Awards maintains the schedule of suppliers for the National Highways Sector Schemes on behalf of the Highways Sector Scheme Liaison Group.
Sector schemes available for audit by ISOQAR
The following Sector Schemes are currently available for audit:
If you are looking for any Sector Schemes that aren’t shown above, please contact us as we will consider auditing to it.