NHSS Sector Schemes

TL Safety Ltd

National Highways Sector Systems

TL Safety are able to prepare your National Highways Sector Scheme management systems or update your existing management systems to meet the current NHSS standard. We can carry out a gap analysis of your existing processes against the standard and then update your existing procedures or prepare any additional procedures or documentation required.

NHSS are bespoke integrated quality management schemes for organisations working on the UK’s road network. They are based on the current ISO 9001:2015 framework, but additionally provide specific requirements and interpretation specifically for highways maintenance and construction activities including inspection. If your business supplies services (including the supply of products but excluding the manufacture of products subject to legal conformity assessment requirements) covered by NHSS to Highways England, you must be registered under all the relevant schemes for that work.

Advantages of NHSS Certification

There are several advantages to getting registered under NHSS if your business has previously worked with Highways England, or you plan to tender for future work:

  • a competitive edge – if you are already NHSS registered when tendering for work, you may have an advantage over competitors who are not registered.
  • enhanced business credentials – through independent verification of your processes against recognised quality standards.
  • a better understanding of risk, and how to manage it – the NHSS assessment process can help you pinpoint areas of risk in your operations.
  • new opportunities – if you currently work only on non-national road networks, NHSS registration clears the way toward you taking on contracts for the national road network.
  • greater visibility to contracting bodies – you can join the online Schedule of Suppliers, the only comprehensive national register of independently approved contractors and subcontractors.
  • access to expertise and support – some trade associations will only accept new members who are NHSS registered.

Internal Audits

​TL Safety also carry out internal audits of your NHSS management systems and assist you every step of the way to help you obtain certification against the NHSS standard.

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