Kovia Accreditations & Memberships
At Kovia we are working hard to develop our business into a leading UK asbestos consultancy. To do this we recognise the need for excellence within all areas of our work, including quality management, customer service, health and safety and environmental awareness. In line with these objectives we have achieved several accreditations to demonstrate our commitment to being an efficient and responsible organisation. We will continue to update this page with new accreditations and memberships as they occur.
CHAS: Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme
As of 11th July 2014, we are delighted to announce that Kovia is an accredited contractor of the CHAS health and safety assessment scheme which has become established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. CHAS is also a founder member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP).
In addition to our OHSAS 18001 certificate, achieving this registration highlights the effort we have undertaken to place health and safety at the heart of what we do.
ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management
ISO 9001 is the world's most recognised quality management standard and is implemented in over one million companies and organisations across 170 countries. The standard is based upon a number of quality management principles with a strong customer focus to ensure our clients get a consistent and high quality service. Kovia conducts regular internal audits as well as being independently audited by external assessors to ensure we are implementing and maintaining the standard within our everyday operation.
ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management
ISO 14001:2004 is an environmental standard that, like ISO9001, provides a framework of procedures to follow but this time with the focus being on the measurement and improvement of environmental impact. Kovia was very happy to achieve this standard in April 2014 and has heavily committed to reducing our environmental impact wherever possible. If you would like to see our environmental policy please contact us and we can email you a copy.
OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management
Achieving the OHSAS 18001 standard has helped us to promote a safe and healthy working environment by enabling us to identify and control risks, lower the incidence of accidents and continually improve our health and safety performance. By meeting this standard, Kovia is able to demonstrate legal compliance to our clients and by integrating it within our PAS 99 management system, can operate with even greater efficiency.
Data Protection Act Registered
Though we are not officially required to, Kovia has registered with the Information Commissioners Office to demonstrate to our clients how seriously we take data protection. As a company we are committed to continually improving our IT and data security measures and will be pursuing ISO 27001 in the near future. We do not exchange or sell any information to third parties and use encryption software across all Kovia desktop and mobile devices.
BOHS Affiliate Membership
Whilst not being an accreditation, BOHS membership is for "companies who would like to demonstrate their commitment to improving workplace health". As such, Kovia is pleased to now be an affiliate member of BOHS, as this further highlights our mission to be at the forefront of safe and professional working within the asbestos industry.