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Dulux Paints Ireland Ltd was one of 31 private, public and SME sector organisations receiving awards today from the Minister for Small Business, Mr John Perry T.D. at NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland).  The international company joined the likes of Dawn Meats, Datapac, the Fire & Rescue Services of both Carlow and Clare in achieving world class standards under a range of headings including Health and Safety Management, Environmental Management, Medical Devices Quality Management Systems and Excellence Through People – the national human resources management scheme.

The Minister joined Maurice Buckley, Chief Executive of NSAI to present the awards, congratulate the attendees, and recognise their important investment in standards.

“Finding a competitive advantage is crucial for businesses both at home and abroad and the impressive organisations here today show that companies believe that standards really do give their business that advantage.  Companies are investing in standards because they can see the return on investment and are seeing the benefits.  Standards can open up doors to new opportunities for business and in and many cases these companies present today have already seen this and are representing Ireland on the international stage.” said John Perry, T.D. Minister for Small Business.

“The small business sector is central to economic recovery, job creation and the further development of the Irish economy. Certification to standards helps businesses to be innovative, allowing SMEs to compete with much larger companies, attract new customers, and access global markets.” said Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI.

Other companies present at the event included the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates who received one of the first NSAI Excellence Through People certificates  issued abroad and INMO Tech who were certified to the Quality Management standard (ISO 9001), and Medical Devices Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485).  This standard (ISO 13485) assists companies in the highly regulated medical devices sector to sell their products on the global market and demonstrates to customers, and to the regulators, that the product has been manufactured to the highest levels of quality.

The standards awarded were:

  • ISO 14001–  Environmental Management Systems
  • OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
  • ETP 1000 – Excellence Through People
  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 13485 – Medical Devices – Quality Management Systems

The investment in standards made by SMEs has the potential to contribute, not just to individual businesses and industries, but to the wider economy and the Government’s overall plan for job creation.  In addition to this, standards in a business create greater staff satisfaction, pride in the organisation, and staff retention.

NSAI is focused on helping companies and offering business support.  They are currently ensuring that the experience of Ireland and Irish business is reflected in the new version of ISO 9001, the world’s leading international standard, which will be published as an Irish Standard in September 2015.  This will make ISO 9001 more aligned with other management systems, and will make it easier for Irish business to integrate their management systems.

The NSAI’s library of standards is over 23,000.  NSAI invites members of the business community and the general public to get involved in the development of standards by visiting Your Standards, Your Say


The full list of companies at the NSAI certification presentation event:

  • A B Wolfe & Co      Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Abcon Industrial Products Ltd    Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Ability West      Excellence Through People (ETP)
  • Ardee Coach Trim Ltd      Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • BAM Contractors    Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
  • Carlow Fire and Rescue Service   Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
  • Clare County Fire & Rescue Service    Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
  • Datapac       Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001)
  • Datapac       Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
  • Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine  Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Dawn Meats       Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001)
  • Dulux Paints Ireland Ltd    Excellence through People (ETP)
  • ESB Trading      Excellence through People (ETP)
  • ESB Business Service Centre      Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001)
  • ESB Corporate Centre      Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
  • Fitzsimons Insulation    Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001), 
  • Fitzsimons Insulation    Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001);
  • Fitzsimons Insulation    Quality Management Systems (ISO  9001)
  • Inmo-Tech Ltd       Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Inmo-Tech Ltd       Medical Devices – Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485)
  • Irish Air Corps      Excellence through People (ETP)
  • M3 Medical      Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Ministry of Interior, U.A.E.       Excellence through People (ETP)
  • Nugent Safety      Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Origo        Excellence through People (ETP)
  • Pilz International Service Group    Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Premier Insulations       Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001), 
  • Premier Insulations       Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001),
  • Premier Insulations       Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Printpost Ltd      Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • RILTA Environmental Ltd    Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
  • Snap         Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Sodexo       Excellence through People (ETP)
  • Spring Grove      Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001)
  • Sundry Supplies Ltd     Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Tony O'Regan Associates    Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001), 
  • Tony O'Regan Associates    Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001)
  • Watch-It Security Services (Monaghan) Ltd  Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)

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For further information contact: Peter O'Reilly, NSAI Public Relations Tel: 01 807 3804