South Tyneside firm celebrates hat-trick of accolades

Jensen Construction Ltd Managing Director Nicky Jensen and Company Chairman Norman Jensen proudly display their three quality standards certificates as the workforce look on.
Jensen Construction Ltd Managing Director Nicky Jensen and Company Chairman Norman Jensen proudly display their three quality standards certificates as the workforce look on.

A South Tyneside building firm is celebrating a hat-trick of accreditations at its first attempt in three quality standards.

Family-run Jensen Construction Ltd, based in Portberry Street, South Shields has achieved the ISO standards for quality and environmental management, together with the British Standard for health and safety at work and OHSAS 18001.

This success demonstrates the Jensen commitment to quality and service.

Nicky Wood, managing director

The triple accolade comes as the firm moves forward after the next generation of family management took over earlier this year.

Nicky Wood, managing director, who succeeded her father Norman – who founded the firm 30 years – said: ”We are delighted to have gained this triple accreditation at the first attempt. It is an excellent achievement that reflects across the whole workforce. This success demonstrates the Jensen commitment to quality and service.”

The three certificates cover construction services relating to domestic and commercial contracts, new build, alteration and repair work. The ISO frameworks for quality and environment, together with the occupational health and safety management systems, are the benchmark for business standards.

The process included a four-day inspection, where filing systems to waste recycling and transfer, to site management, yard systems and policy and procedures was subject to rigorous scrutiny.

The ISO 9001 is a Quality Management System (QMS) which gives an organisation a systematic approach for meeting customer objectives; ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) which provides a system for measuring and improving an organisation’s environmental impact; and the OHSAS 18001 is an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) which provides a system for measuring and improving an organisation’s health and safety impact.

The firm worked with Neil Reed of Spectrum Consulting through the Government’s Growth Accelerator Programme along with international standards assessors BM TRADA to gain accreditation.

Nicky added:” Attaining all three standards at our first attempt is an excellent achievement. It comes after nine gruelling months of hard work and preparation. Gaining these three important quality certificates to this standard is necessarily a very challenging and lengthy process.”