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What Are ISO Standards?

If you want to strengthen your business, boost profits or increase your overall customer satisfaction, it may be worth becoming ISO certified. ISO standards are recognised internationally which helps create a safe and consistent way of doing things, which can benefit everyone in a supply chain.

Keep reading to find out more about ISO standards and how your organisation can become ISO standard certified.


What Are ISO Standards?

‘ISO’ stands for International Standards Organisation and is an independent body that ensures all products, services, and processes are reliable, of excellent quality and safe for use. The ISO standards cover a wide range of practices and activities, to help keep everyone who is involved safe.

International standards help companies across the globe to facilitate new trade and access new markets. This body is a network made up of expert individuals who specialise in different areas. ISO standards help to reduce costs, limit waste, and minimise errors within a company, all whilst increasing the productivity of a business as a whole.


The Key Benefits of ISO Standards

There are a number of key benefits of attaining certification for ISO standards, whether that be efficiency, customer and employee satisfaction or increased productivity. Below are some benefits of implementing the ISO standards.


Helps to Identify Risks

Prevention is the best way to deal with any potential risks and issues from occurring. Identifying potential risks within a business helps to control them.

This way of operating leads to fewer accidents results in better planning and helps to form better relationships across businesses, suppliers, employees and customers too.


Helps Prevent Problems

ISO standards help businesses avoid making and repeating previous mistakes. ISO requires keeping records of problems which helps to find the root causes, solve problems and create lasting improvements. It provides organisations with the tools for best practices in every area of their operations.

Often businesses with ISO standards demonstrate better quality practices in all areas of the business. They also have less waste and lower costs.


Helps to Improve Control

ISO standards require companies to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their business management systems.

This will generate performance metrics which help to judge where their business needs to improve and these insights can help make better decisions.


Can Help to Boost a Company

Having an ISO certification can provide new marketing and advertising opportunities. It demonstrates the quality and safety levels to potential customers and ensures that you are a trustworthy company, which can influence sales.

Many large organisations that trade overseas require their suppliers to have ISO certifications.

The international nature of ISO means that the standard is universally recognised, making it easy for others to work with your business, wherever in the world.


Employee Performances

For employees, ISO can provide them with the confidence that their workplace offers high-quality products and/or services.

The ISO certification can also highlight any skill gaps within the business whilst communicating quality policies to staff. Overall, having ISO standards in place can help boost employee morale.


Final Note

We have outlined the importance of ISO and the benefits of ISO standards. You should now be aware that these standards can help you improve your efficiency and productivity as a company. It is important to reassure your customers, clients and suppliers that you are always doing things in the right way.

By choosing BeaconBMS to help get your ISO certification, BeaconBMS can help you with this time-consuming process which can cost a business time and profits. Our expert knowledge means you will feel the benefit of our services and our lead auditors will be there to support you throughout the process.

If you need any advice when it comes to obtaining the Constructionline Accreditation or becoming an SSIP member, contact Beaconrisk at 0151 647 8658. Beaconrisk offer support with a range of SSIP and Constructionline accreditations.

Contact Beaconrisk today for more information, or if you need any of Beaconrisk's expert advice. All of our contact details can be found on our website.