Currently there are 24 NHSS Schemes in operation, though this number is continually expanding. They can be broadly divided into four groups:
- Fencing, landscaping and vehicle safety restraints – covered by schemes 2A, 2B, 2C, 3, 4, 5A, 5B and 18
- Road surfacing and marking – covered by schemes 13A, 13B, 14, 15 and 16
- Lighting and electrics, and corrosion protection – covered by schemes 6, 7, 8, 9A, 9B, 10 and 19
- Traffic management – covered by schemes 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D and 17.
Who devises the Schemes?
The UK Highway Sector Schemes are drawn up and managed by separate technical advisory committees, each comprising key representatives from interested groups including construction companies, suppliers, local councils, trade associations and certification bodies.
Each technical advisory committee applies ISO 9001 to its own sphere of activity. Typically, an NHSS Scheme document will set out a clause-by-clause interpretation of ISO 9001.
Some Sector Schemes include the training of operatives. Others concentrate on delivering product conformity.
Many UK roads and highways contracts specify that supervisory staff must themselves have undergone relevant training by the UK sector-specific training body, Lantra Awards
For example, NHSS Sector Scheme, 12D - For installing, maintaining and removing temporary traffic management on rural and urban roads, includes mandatory training modules for Registered Traffic Management Operatives.
Contractors and suppliers who wish to trade in Northern Ireland and are affected by these Schemes can discuss their certification requirements with the Construction Quality Assurance Ireland and NSAI partnership
The CQAI/NSAI partnership is the leading construction-related third-party certification organization in Ireland. It combines the specific expertise of the construction certification body, CQAI, with the broad expertise of NSAI, Ireland’s national certification body.
CQAI-NSAI auditors are construction specialists trained to help you meet the requirements of the relevant NHSS Scheme.