ISO Accreditations

Vartan Consultancy can assist you in obtaining and maintaining the following accreditations:

ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management

(formerly ISO 9001:2008)

ISO 9001:2015  specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organisation:

a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and

b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

All the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organisation, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides.

ISO 14000 – Environmental Management

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series

OHSAS 18000 comprises two parts, 18001 and 18002

OHSAS 18001 is an Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems. It is intended to help companies control occupational health and safety risks. It was devloped in response to widespread demand for a recognised standard against which to be certified and assessed.

ISO 45001 – Occupational Health & Safety

Currently at Enquiry Stage, ISO 45001 is intended for use by any organization, regardless of its size or the nature of its work, and can be integrated into other health and safety programmes such as worker wellness and wellbeing. It also addresses many, if not all, legal requirements in this area.  It is anticipated ISO 45001 will be at approval stage by May 2016 with expected publication in October 2016.

All the above have been referenced from the ISO website.

New Team Member for Vartan Consultancy

We are pleased to announce that Sue Jerstice has recently joined the team.

Sue is going to be offering invaluable office support to our consultants.  Sue joins us on a part time basis and comes from a HR & Recruitment background.  Good luck Sue and welcome!

Stowaways case highlights vulnerability of trucks stopping before Calais

The case of 21 migrants found hidden in a trailer in Calais earlier this week has underlined once again the vulnerability of trucks stopping before reaching the French Channel port.

The 21 migrants found hidden in a trailer this week probably entered HGV at a layby around 100km from the French port.

The stowaways were discovered on the premises of Calais-based haulier Carpentier when one of the firm’s workers heard tapping from inside the trailer.

Company chief David Sagnard told French media that he had good reason to believe the migrants climbed aboard the HGV around 100 kilometres from Calais at a lay-by on the A26 motorway, which according to him should never been allowed to happen.

“We have had very strict protocols in place for some time now to prevent migrants getting aboard our trucks,” he said.

He said taking even a short break in a layby on a road that led to Calais was an ill-advised move.


Referenced from Lloyds Loading List by Stuart Todd | Friday, 26 February 2016


Traffic commissioner gives HGV driver 12-month ban

In light of the article below, Miles from Vartan Consultancy would suggest that:

  • You make sure that your drivers are aware of the powers of the Traffic Commissioner in terms of their own vocational driving licence
  • Checks are made with your tachograph checking procedures to ensure this would not happen within your business
  • Interesting comment about the Working Time Directive ~ not often you see this in print, but check that your WTD recording data is up to date and all drivers have signed a current opt-out

Any questions please give us a call.


Published Monday 22 February 2016 4:32 pm in Logistics Manager

A HGV driver has been given a 12-month ban by a traffic commissioner after he illegally used another driver’s tachograph card to work double shifts. This comes after an amended legislative document, outlining the increased role of traffic commissioners in driver conduct, was published in December.

The newly amended legislation says that while criminal courts are concerned with punishing for criminal offences – the role of the traffic commissioner is to determine whether or not a driver is fit to obtain or continue to hold a licence.

Nick Denton, the traffic commissioner who enforced the ban, said that the driver’s conduct “severely jeopardises road safety”. Stephen Duggan, the driver, regularly worked between 70 and 80 hours, and sometimes up to 90 hours a week – the maximum allowed under the Working Time Directive is 60 hours.



Compliance with Health & Safety Law

You can follow a clear path to continually improve compliance against Health & Safety legislation.

For help with how to write an effective Health & Safety Policy and:

  • communicating with your employees
  • encouraging them to communicate with you about H&S Observations
  • identifying hazards and assessing risks
  • identifying the legislation e.g. Provision and Use of Work Equipment, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health that applies to your business
  • Periodic reviews to assess how you are progressing

then contact us at Vartan Consultancy.

Union Customs Code: Are you prepared?

From the East Anglian Daily Times, 5th January 2016

The new Union Customs Code (UCC) will significantly change what is allowed, and what is not allowed, potentially creating some real challenges for importers, exporters, shipping lines, hauliers, freight forwarders, manufacturers, ship agents … and so on.

When the UCC enters force in May 2016, it will replace existing customs rules. Its underlying principles are that all communication should be electronic, and to simplify and modernise procedures.Miles Vartan and Holly Tonge

Some are ready, but many are not. Indeed, many seem blissfully unaware of what’s coming and its consequences – and these companies could be heading for some real problems, says Suffolk-based consultant Miles Vartan, a specialist in Customs and freight security matters.

Read the full article on the EADT site here