The National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS) are bespoke quality management systems for organisations working on the UK road network. They are based on the ISO9001:2015 standards, but do not duplicate them.
There are currently more than 20 individual schemes which cover activities ranging from fencing, landscaping and vehicle safety restraints to road surfacing and marking and traffic management, and If your company supplies services to Highways England under the Specification for Highways Works (SHW), you must be certified under all the relevant schemes for the work you are carrying out.
NHSS aims to make sure that work you carry out is done to the highest standards of professionalism, ensuring the use of properly trained staff with a strong emphasis on health and safety.
Individual NHSS come under four main categories:
- Road surfacing and marking
- Fencing, landscaping and vehicle safety restraints
- Traffic management lighting
- Electronics and corrosion protection