West Lancashire Borough Council’s Building Control team has been recognised by a national body as providing a high quality service.
The Building Control Team operates the system which seeks to safeguard the safety of people and buildings across the Borough.
Local Authority Building Control (LABC), the national umbrella organisation which represents Local Authority Building Control bodies, has been working on setting up a single quality management system for the entire network. The aim of this was to ensure all people working in professional practice in this field had shared standards and practices to provide clarity across the country.
West Lancashire Borough Council Building Control committed to supporting this initiative and staff formally embarked upon the process of achieving the LABC-recognised ISO 9001:2015 accreditation.
The team was externally audited by Alcumus ISOQAR, an organisation which ensures bodies meet standards required for internationally-recognised management system frameworks. They did this along with nine other authorities from the 90 authorities undertaking this phase of this accreditation. As a result of these audits the team demonstrated full compliance to the International Standard for Quality.
Every aspect of Building Control has been subject to audit from leadership of teams to individual commitment of team members. Controls to ensure smooth running of processes and tasks including training, competency, dealing with dangerous buildings and demolitions were also addressed.
As a result of these audits the team demonstrated full compliance to the International Standard for Quality and they were awarded United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) Accredited ISO 9001:2015 Certification.
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “Congratulations to the team on this excellent achievement which is recognition of the high standard of service they provide and the important work that they do.”