The benefits of
National Highways Sector Schemes
A competitive edge
If you are already NHSS registered when tendering for work, you may have an advantage over competitors who are not.
Enhanced business credentials
Through independent verification of your processes against recognised quality standards
Understand & manage risk
The NHSS assessment process can help you pinpoint areas of risk in your operations
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
You can join the online Schedule of Suppliers, the only comprehensive national register of independently approved contractors and subcontractors
Expertise and support
Some trade associations will only accept new members who are NHSS registered
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Straightforward to deal with
"Guthrie & Craig are practical and straightforward to deal with. They know the Standards inside out and are prepared to discuss with Assessors about the practicality and the real value of what they recommend..."
Bells Heat Transfer
Fantastic to work with
“We have worked with Guthrie & Craig since 2010, and have always found them fantastic to work with. They always provide clear and pragmatic advice, and Paul Milroy in particular is very knowledgeable."
Q&S Commercial Landscapes
Skilled and talented professional
“Neil is an extremely skilled and talented professional who has provided an outstanding service to us since he took over Guthrie & Craig and I cannot recommend him and his team highly enough.”
Scottish Borders Council
Excellent and professional
“We initially set out on our journey to achieve ISO accreditation and now have all 3 standards. We also have Chris visit all our work sites on a regular basis to carry out audits and full site HSE inspection to make sure we are working in compliance with company procedures.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Guthrie & Craig for their continued support with our CHAS accreditation and aiding with training courses that meet our needs. I couldn’t recommend them enough”
Custom Fencing Limited
NHSS Gap Analysis
One of the first steps to achieving certification to a National Highway Sector Scheme is to assess how closely your current system meets the requirements of the individual scheme. This can be achieved by performing a gap analysis, which will be completed on site at your premises.
When undertaking a gap analysis we will provide a full written report with the findings which can then be used to develop an NHSS implementation plan.
Development of a Management System / Amendments to existing System
Our experienced team of Consultant’s will help design and build a Management System to meet the requirements of the NHSS. Where you already have a Quality Management System in place, we will provide guidance and updates on how best to implement.
Our highly trained team of Consultants can carry out independent Internal Audits of your Management System and covering the relevant NHSS requirements.
On-going support / maintenance to ensure continued compliance with the NHSS.
Attend External UKAS Assessments
Guthrie & Craig can provide on-site support at external UKAS Assessments, helping you at every step of the way.
Learn more about NHSS Certification
NHSSs (National Highway Sector Schemes) are integrated quality management schemes, bespoke to individual highways specialisms. They aim to make sure that work is carried out to the highest standards of professionalism, using properly trained and competent staff.
NHSSs are primarily designed as complementary standards to ISO 9001 for organisations working on the UK’s road network. They’re based on the current ISO 9001:2015 framework and provide specific requirements and interpretation for maintenance and construction, inspection and interrelated activities.
There are more than 20 individual schemes.
NHSS schemes come under eight main categories:
- Highway assets including design
- Fencing including vehicle safety restraints
- Electrical and land drilling
- Road surfaces, surface marking and paving
- Manufacturing, structures, fasteners and coatings including stockholding
- Temporary traffic management
- Landscaping and natural environment (including ecology)
- Tunnel management, incident management including vehicle recovery