BSI awards first certification in support of best practice road traffic safety management

Press release - 11th December 2012

Mark Group en route to safer roads with BS ISO 39001

BSI has recognized fleet operator Mark Group as leading the way in best practice road traffic safety management.

The company is the first within the UK to be independently assessed and certified by BSI to the internationally-recognized standard, BS ISO 39001.

The award recognizes business excellence in achieving the stringent requirements of the road traffic safety (RTS) management system standard and a commitment to on-going business improvement.

With over 2,000 employees and a fleet of over 1,000 vehicles, BS ISO 39001 has provided Mark Group with a platform and structure to deliver and demonstrate a staunch commitment to road safety and mitigating business risk.

“Global research has shown that death and serious injury can be considerably reduced by adopting a holistic safe system approach to RTS,” said Elaine Munro, Global Portfolio Manager at BSI. “The management consistencies offered by an internationally-recognized certification scheme have compelling safety, risk management and commercial benefits which can only help in reducing accidents and fatalities”.

Environmental and Road Safety Manager at Mark Group, Jamie Bogg, said: "The management system approach offered by BS ISO 39001 helps us reduce waste resource and cost within our fleet department while promoting involvement and ownership, but, more importantly ensures we are doing all we can to be a responsible fleet operator.”

“Working to fully implement BS ISO 39001 has allowed us to take a structured and independent review of our existing provisions, but more importantly, by separating road safety from our health and safety policies and procedures, we have increased focus in what is our highest risk activity - driving for work.”

About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) is a global organization that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, reduce risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Famed for its marks of excellence including the instantly recognizable Kitemark®, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 64,000 clients in 147 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.