ARCHConsult

We provide consultancy services to security companies and the commercial sector. We provide Business consultancy services to get New SIA and assistance with Business Licence for security companies.

We can assist or complete in its entirety the SIA ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme), ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, Safecontractor and CHAS with particular emphasis on designing and implementing solutions that will enable prospective companies to obtain the appropriate accreditation for their needs.

We will help you create a simple and operational management system plus all the necessary paperwork and procedures required, adapting them to your current business processes where possible.

We will be able to do bespoke policies for your business.


ISO 9001:2008 Consultancy

What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001:2000 or, to give the Standard its full title, BS EN ISO 9001 2008 Quality Management System Standard, is an internationally recognised quality standard which increasing numbers of businesses demand from suppliers and contractors as a prerequisite to tendering. It is rapidly becoming the most important quality standard. Thousands of businesses in over 150 countries have already adopted it, and many more are in the process of doing so. ISO 9001 is appropriate for any organisation that seeks to improve its operation, regardless of its sector or size.

What are the benefits of having ISO 9001?

  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased customer/client satisfaction
  • Effective marketing opportunities
  • Increased profit
  • Effective control over business processes
  • Overall improved product and service reliability

We will help you design, document, implement, and operate a simple quality management system that meets all the requirements of ISO 9001.

Once the system has been implemented, we will arrange for your system to be fully audited by one of our auditors, before recommending you for your ISO 9001 assessment by an external UKAS accredited assessment body.


OHSAS 18001 – Occupation Health and Safety

What is OHSAS 18001?

OHSAS 18001 is an Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems. It is intended to help an organization to control occupational health and safety risks. It was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognised standard against which to be certified and assessed.

OHSAS 18001 has been developed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards, in order to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems by organizations, should they wish to do so.

What are the elements of OHSAS 18001 systems?

  • Formulating and maintaining an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Policy
  • Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • Implementing and operating the system to achieve the policy aims
  • Checking the effectiveness of the system and correcting deviations
  • Reviewing the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) with top management

Benefits of OHSAS 18001

  • Improve efficiency and consequently reduce accident and production time loss
  • Increase control and reduction of hazards through the setting of objectives, targets and evolved responsibility
  • Demonstrate your commitment to the protection of staff, property and plant
  • Demonstrate legal compliance
  • Increase your reputation for safety and occupational health
  • Reduce insurance premiums
  • It is an integral part of a sustainability strategy
  • Encourage more effective internal and external communication
  • Improve your safety culture
  • A mark to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to excellence

How can we help?

We help organisations with the assistance of our trusted partners, meeting the requirements of Health and Safety legislation. The setting of targets through the Health and Safety policy, together with the on-going measurement against it ensures a process of continual improvement.


What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001:2004 is an environmental management standard. It was first published in 1996, and specifies the actual requirements for an environmental management system. It applies to those environmental aspects which the organisation has control of and over which it can be expected to have an influence. The ISO 14001 environmental management system standard specifies a process for the control and the continuous improvement of an organisation’s environmental performance. The standard develops a strategic approach to an organization’s environmental policy, plans, and actions.

What are the elements of ISO 14001 systems?

There are 17 elements of ISO 14001 environmental management system standard. They are as follows:

  • An environmental policy supported by senior management
  • The identification of environmental aspects and impacts, and the identification of significant environmental impacts that the organization may cause
  • Identification of legal and other requirements
  • The development of objectives and targets, and their environmental management programs
  • Defined resources, roles, responsibilities and authorities for environmental management
  • The development of competence, training and awareness procedures
  • A communication process of the EMS to all stakeholders and interested parties
  • The development of EMS documentation as required by the standard
  • The development of document control procedures
  • The development of operational control procedures
  • The development of emergency preparedness and response procedures
  • The development of procedures for monitoring and measuring of operations that can have significant impact on the environment
  • An evaluation of compliance procedure
  • Procedures developed for the management of non-conformance, corrective and preventative actions
  • The development of a records management procedure
  • A program for completing internal audits and corrective action
  • The development of procedures for management review by senior management

What are the benefits of having ISO 14001?

  • Improvements in overall environmental performance and compliance
  • Provide a framework for using pollution prevention practices to meet EMS objectives
  • An increasing number of customers ask for it, and many tender documents now require a copy of an UKAS certificate
  • UKAS Certificates are fully recognised throughout the world, and can therefore open up new markets for your business to improve business performance
  • A well-run QMS gives you real opportunities to improve how your business operates and increase your profit
  • Increased efficiency and potential cost savings when managing environmental obligations
  • Promote predictability and consistency in managing environmental obligations
  • More effective targeting of scarce environmental management resources
  • Enhance public posture with outside stakeholders

How can we help?

We can carry out a gap analysis with our trusted partners, and help you meet the requirements of the standard by supplying samples of procedures, forms, and a manual for you to use to save time.


CHAS

CHAS is a pre-qualification scheme that allows local authorities and other organisations to determine that you have the minimum standard required under the Scheme.

CHAS Assessment Process

The process of becoming CHAS accredited involves completing the appropriate application form and submitting it, along with relevant supporting documentation. Once you have completed your application and submitted it to a CHAS assessor, it will be assessed against the standards as mentioned above. If you are successful, your company will be deemed compliant and placed on the CHAS database for a period of 1 year.

What are the benefits of CHAS?

CHAS is a highly recognised standard that will save you time with pre-qualifications for other organisations. Below are just some of the reasons why being CHAS registered could help your business:

  • Compliance – Safecontractor shows compliance with health & safety law
  • More opportunities – More organisations will work with you
  • Commercial benefits – Opens the door for bigger and better contracts
  • Time and resources – Helps improve your business’ productivity
  • Health & Safety Standards – Improve company health & safety practice
  • Communication – A standardised process helps improve communication

What is Safecontractor?

The Safe Contractor Scheme looks at your health and safety documents and procedures to make sure they meet a certain standard. This shows your clients and potential clients that you take health and safety seriously.

Safecontractor is the fastest growing health and safety accreditation scheme in the UK, with more than 200 major clients and over 18,000 contractor members. Registered members with the Safe Contractor Scheme include clients and contractors from a wide range of professional disciplines working within a number of industry sectors. With its increasing membership and growing profile in the UK, the Safecontractor scheme is now used by many large organizations as a way of obtaining competent contractors.

How can we help?

We will walk you through the process from start to finish, until you are registered. Our simple step-by-step process takes all the hassle away, so that you can get on and run your business.


New Work Shops

We also have our new workshops so that you can send members of your staff to learn the process and month by month and be responsible for the whole process up to assessment.
This will be in blocks of 3, 6 or 9 month sessions, once a month your representative will attend our training center and learn the processes of any of our services above and can then maintain your own systems.


Training Needs Analysis and SWOT

What is a Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

Today’s work environment requires employees to be skilled in performing complex tasks in an efficient, cost-effective, and safe manner. Training (a performance improvement tool) is needed when employees are not performing up to a certain standard or at an expected level of performance. The difference between actual the actual level of job performance and the expected level of job performance indicates a need for training. The identification of training needs is the first step in a uniform method of instructional design.

A successful Training Needs Analysis will identify those who need training and what kind of training is needed. It is counter-productive to offer training to individuals who do not need it or to offer the wrong kind of training. A Training Needs Analysis helps to put the training resources to good use.

Types of Training Needs Analysis

Many needs assessments are available for use in different employment contexts. Sources that can help you determine which needs analysis is appropriate for your situation are described below.

  • Organisational Analysis.

    An analysis of the business needs or other reasons the training is desired. An analysis of the organisation’s strategies, goals, and objectives. What is the organisation overall trying to accomplish? The important questions being answered by this analysis are who decided that training should be conducted, why a training program is seen as the recommended solution to a business problem, what the history of the organisation has been with regard to employee training and other management interventions.

  • Person Analysis.

    Analysis dealing with potential participants and instructors involved in the process. The important questions being answered by this analysis are who will receive the training and their level of existing knowledge on the subject, what is their learning style, and who will conduct the training. Do the employees have required skills? Are there changes to policies, procedures, software, or equipment that require or necessitate training?

  • Work analysis / Task Analysis

    Analysis of the tasks being performed. This is an analysis of the job and the requirements for performing the work. Also known as a task analysis or job analysis, this analysis seeks to specify the main duties and skill level required. This helps ensure that the training which is developed will include relevant links to the content of the job.

  • Performance Analysis.

    Are the employees performing up to the established standard? If performance is below expectations, can training help to improve this performance? Is there a Performance Gap?

  • Content Analysis.

    Analysis of documents, laws, procedures used on the job. This analysis answers questions about what knowledge or information is used on this job. This information comes from manuals, documents, or regulations. It is important that the content of the training does not conflict or contradict job requirements.

An experienced worker can assist (as a subject matter expert) in determining the appropriate content.

  • Training Suitability Analysis.

    Analysis of whether training is the desired solution. Training is one of several solutions to employment problems. However, it may not always be the best solution. It is important to determine if training will be effective in its usage.

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis.

    Analysis of the return on investment (ROI) of training. Effective training results in a return of value to the organisation that is greater than the initial investment to produce or administer the training.

What is SWOT analysis?

SWOT is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. Occasionally, it may also be found as a ‘WOTS up’ analysis or the TOWS analysis. The technique is credited to Albert Humphrey who led a research project at Stanford University in the 1960s and 1970s using data from leading companies involved in long range planning processes.

A SWOT analysis is a planning tool used to understand the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business. It involves stating the objective of the business or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are either supportive or unfavourable to achieving that objective. SWOT is often used as part of a strategic or business planning process, but can be useful in understanding an organisation or situation and decision-making for all sorts of situations.

Any organisation undertaking strategic planning will at some point assess its own strengths and weaknesses. When combined with an inventory of opportunities and threats in the organisation’s external environment, the organisation is effectively making a SWOT analysis establishing its current position.

While at first glance the SWOT looks like a simple model and easy to apply, experience shows that to do a SWOT analysis that is both effective and meaningful, requires time and a significant resource. It requires a team effort and cannot be done effectively by only one person. The SWOT methodology has the advantage of being used as a ‘quick and dirty’ tool or a comprehensive management tool, and that one (the quick) can lead to the other (the comprehensive). This flexibility is one of the factors that has contributed to its success.

The term ‘SWOT analysis’ is in itself a curious term, for a SWOT is not an analysis in itself, but a number of elements when used together form a valuable framework for analysis. It is essentially a summary of a set of previous analyses – even if those were just 15 minutes of mini-brainstorming with yourself in front of your computer although this approach is not recommended! The analysis, or more correctly ‘interpretation’, comes after the SWOT summary has been produced.


For a no obligation, confidential chat, please contact our Managing Director, Mark Prendergast, at mark@archimedesservices.com or directly on 07515 711 370.