FSQS (Financial Services Qualification System) is a community of financial institutions including banks, building societies, insurance companies and investment services, collaborating to agree a single standard for collecting the increasing amount and complexity of third party information needed to demonstrate compliance to regulators, internal policies and governance controls.
Gelder Group fulfil over 2000 insurance claims per annum and have three regional offices within the East Midlands.
On February 2nd, the Gelder Group Major Contracts team were awarded certification for a successful transition to ISO 9001:2015 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) as well as maintaining governance to the OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health and Safety). There are currently 6,000,000 companies with certification to these standards but only 17% of these (as of 15th January 2018) have been certified to the new standards.
In addition to this great news, Major Contracts is the 1st to gain the ISO 14001:2015 accreditation within our auditing company, which is a great achievement. If you would like to know more about our professional certifications, please get in touch.
A total of 24 staff, managers and surveyors, within the Insurance Department have successfully completed a UKATA accredited asbestos course, which focused on both awareness and sampling. This bespoke course was delivered by industry leader Eddie Strong and his team from Ferncroft Environmental. Head of Insurance, Louisa Sharpe, commented:
A fabulous course, tailored to our requirements, it’s given my team fantastic knowledge of the regulations and requirements when working with potential asbestos.
Gelder Group has always shown a strong commitment to health and safety, and this further demonstrates our proactive approach to ensuring the safety of both our employees and our customers.
Gelder Group has recently been audited by The Hire Association Europe to gain SafeHire accreditation. To gain the accreditation, we had to show evidence that we operate to very high standards in Health & Safety, procedures and processes, and maintain equipment to a high standard. We are very pleased to announce that after three months of hard work by the whole team, we achieved the SafeHire standard on our very first auditor visit.
The auditor commented:
I wished all of my audits were as good as this.
Congratulations to everybody involved. Our commitment to being the best means we are constantly looking to improve with memberships and accreditations from the industry leading bodies. If you would like to know more about our accreditations, please get in touch.
Major Contracts has again passed a successful ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management), 14001:2004 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health and Safety) audit. The 2 day audit put Sleaford Fire Station through its paces as well as the Operations Team.
Although it was successful there is always room for improvement, so from June 2017 we start the transitional preparation into ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 ready for the January 2018 audit. In addition to the Quality and Environmental Management System, we wait for the long anticipated Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) standard to finally become an ISO accredited system.