BSI, the UK standardisation body published a specification for remanufactured parts developed in collaboration with Honest Co Ltd. from Japan. According to the two organisations, PAS 3100 remanufactured automotive – as the specification is known is designed to “clearly identify what terms define remanufactured automotive parts, as well as identifying a verifiable way to establish level […]
Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres, the Grantham-based commercial tyre remoulding specialist, has been awarded OHSAS 18001 status. This BSI certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management supplements the company’s two existing accreditations for quality and environmental management. Upon announcing its OHSAS 18001 accreditation, Vacu-Lug noted that it is the first retreader in the UK to hold all three standards, and as such the company has “set a new benchmark for the industry.”
BSI has published guidance for use at the scene of motor accidents.According to the business standards company, this new standard (BS 8599-2 Motor vehicle first aid kits – Part 2: Specification for the contents of motor vehicle first aid kits) will bring existing UK regulations on first aid kits up to date.
BSI has launched an update of the highly successful Publicly Available Specification for vehicle damage repair process, PAS 125:2011. To date over 800 bodyshops have been awarded a Kitemark licence to the original PAS 125:2007. The revisions in PAS 125:2011 address the latest technological innovation in the motor industry and best practice within bodyshops. All changes to the PAS were agreed by industry representatives and public comment, to ensure that compliance with the PAS continues to reassure vehicle owners of the quality and safety standards in the vehicle damage repair process.
Goodyear Dunlop reports achieving a milestone within its health and safety management. The company has been externally audited by BSI and can officially confirm it has achieved certification to OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001 – one of the key Health and Safety Management Systems in the industry.
David Ford has recently joined the BSI Group as Managing Director of Products and Services, replacing Alastair Trivett. Ford joins BSI from Vernon-Carus, a leading health care product manufacturer and supplier, where he was Sales and Marketing Director. BSI is an independent body that operates two Kitemark automotive schemes. Both aim to improve quality and safety for consumers in garages and bodyshops and Ford will be responsible for the worldwide business of Product Services within the BSI Group. As well as taking full responsibility for delivering the global BSI Product Services strategy, he is a member of the BSI Group Executive, with joint responsibility for setting goals and strategies for the Group.
The Thatcham BSI Kitemark, introduced in February 2007, was voted Best Safety Initiative of the Year at the Fleet News Awards on March 10. To be nominated for an award in this category, entries had to show a proactive attempt to improve safety, produce results and make a difference.
The Thatcham BSI Kitemark for Vehicle Body Repair was developed by all bodies interested in the collision repair sector, and as such took into account all issues influencing safe and quality repairs. With vehicles chosen by fleet managers for their ability to protect occupants, it is crucial that those involved in crashed are repaired back to pre-accident condition, with the integrity of the vehicle maintained. To date over 63 repairers have gained Kitemark accreditation and more than 250 have applied.
Public expectations of service and quality of product offering within the fast-fit industry are much higher than in past years, and Kwik-Fit has thus recently benefited from becoming PAS80 accredited. All 570 UK centres have been awarded the distinction by the Lloyds Register of Quality Assurance.
PAS80 is specifically designed for the motor repair trade and concentrates on standards for customer service and fair trading as well as ensuring that technical and service standards are maintained. Achieving PAS80 accreditation is a major milestone for the company, says Kwik-Fit, as it validates the high standards it is already achieving in many of these new areas.
The Kitemark scheme – which sets out standards for the crash repair process, including the methods and materials used by competent technicians – is one year old, and the Thatcham BSI Kitemark Vehicle Body Repair team has marked the scheme’s first birthday by hosting a small party at the Thatcham head office in Berkshire. Support for the Kitemark scheme since its introduction in February 2007, the team reports, has been impressive across the entire UK crash repair industry.
The Kitemark Garage Services scheme – for servicing and repair of vehicles (PAS80) – has become the first to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by Government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations – such as BSI – that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. To achieve UKAS accreditation, BSI had to pass a rigorous audit to demonstrate its competence, impartiality and performance capability.
The BSI has landed itself in hot water with the OFT by claiming the Office of Fair Trading will begin closing down garages from January for inadequate repairs. The OFT was responding to a media statement issued by BSI and headed “OFT warns garages can be shut down from January 2007”. It said that the organisation will begin inspections “with a view to taking prompt action and enforcing legislation on the industry when the NCC’s supercomplaint happens in 2007”.