Quality, Environmental, Safety and Health (QESH) are important subjects in every sector but the education sector has its own unique risks and challenges. Depending on the exact nature of your organisation, you will have to consider some or all the following:
- Risk assessments
- Staff background checks
- Managing third-party contractors, suppliers and service providers
- Information and data security, notably compliance with GDPR
- Safeguarding staff and students
- Timetabling and allocating teaching loads
- Space allocation (laboratories, workshops, classrooms etc.)
- Meeting exam regulations
- Lesson planning
- Enrolment criteria
- Complaint handling
- Audits and inspections
- Emergency procedures, including fire
- Management of hazardous substances, including asbestos and COSHH
- Incident and accident management and first aid provision
- Waste management
The quality of the education you provide, and ensuring it is provided in a safe and secure environment, is of the utmost importance.
An educational facility that operates to internationally recognised standards such as ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001 and ISO45001, sets itself apart and instils confidence in students, parents, carers and employees. Many educational facilities have already achieved such certifications, particularly universities, and are reaping the logistical, reputational and other benefits that having them provides.
An essential component of achieving UKAS accredited certifications is an effective management system.
A management system provides many benefits for educational institutions as all your policies, procedures and processes will be formalised and easily accessible in one place. This makes it easier to comply with legislation, provide accurate information for auditors & inspectors and mitigate risk generally. It should also help you make more informed decisions when allocating budgets and managing resources. An Integrated Management System (IMS) is considered the ultimate in management systems as it brings all policies, procedures and documentation together into one place.
How Alpha Swanson can help providers of education
At Alpha Swanson, we have a proven approach to helping organisations develop and implement bespoke Integrated Management Systems and achieve internationally recognised standards. We have assisted numerous clients in gaining UKAS accredited certification to ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001 and ISO45001.
Even if you are not looking to work towards formal certification, an IMS will provide huge benefits as outlined above. We can create robust systems and processes that will streamline your processes and provide a solid foundation for gaining these certifications in the future.
To find out more about how we can help improve your quality, environmental, information security and health & safety performance, get in touch.