What is National Highways Sector Scheme 18 for the Natural Environment and Landscape, including Ecology for Infrastructure?
The National Highways Sector Scheme 18 (NHSS18) is the customised management system for landscaping and the environment (including ecology) and will be mandatory for all contractors working for the Highways England and other infrastructure providers.
NHSS18 reflects requirements embodied in EN IS09001:2015 Quality Management system with specific relevance to Landscape Construction and Maintenance, Arboriculture, Application and Management of Pesticides, Amenity, Ecology and Environmental Management and Countryside Management.
The scheme aims to ensure that Organizations working on roads have a trained and competent workforce. Sector Schemes are designed to provide an industry benchmark, ensuring all processes are planned, and demonstrate continually improving standards, promoting confidence in quality management systems by provision of a robust transparent system.
How to obtain accreditation?
Initially, you will need to familiarise yourself with the scheme document, which can be found at this link on the UKAS website. You will need to scroll down on this page to find Scheme 18.
Updated version of Appendix Q can be found below:
Accreditation can be achieved through one of the following UKAS registered certification bodies:
Exova BM TRADA
BSI (British Standards Institutions)
Kitemark Court Davy Avenue
Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA)
1 Bickenhill Ln
Alcumus ISOQUAR Ltd
1 Cobra Court
SGS United Kingdom Limited
Rossmore Business Park; Ellesmere Port
This list is not exhaustive but you must only use a UKAS registered Certification Body(CB) please see the UKAS website to get a definitive list of approved CB’s - https://www.ukas.com/
The Lantra Awards Schedule of Suppliers list for NHSS18 will give you information on who is registered and for which parts of the document - http://www.scheduleofsuppliers.co.uk/
Please contact BALI as administrators of the scheme for any further information: firstname.lastname@example.org