About MHB Services

Malcolm Bannister has been involved in environmental consultancy and management system support for over 25 years. Originally graduating with a BSc in Geology his early career was in mineral and quarrying industries, then geotechnical and environmental consultancy and more recently working in waste and resource management. Responsibilities included managing the internal audit function and providing Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety advice for the largest waste contractor in the UK.

He gained certification for the companies he worked for to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and Biodiversity Benchmark. In February 2014 he started his own consultancy MHB Services providing QHSE and management system support to businesses and third party auditing for various certification bodies.

He has qualified to allow auditing and support for transition to the new standards for ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015.

Management Systems

The benefits of having a certificated management system include -

  • Greater opportunities in developing new business.
  • Tendering for new work.
  • Improved business performance.
  • Improved regulator compliance and reduced risk of prosecution.
  • Improved environment and health and safety performance.
  • Reduced costs through efficiencies and improvements.
  • Improved customer satisfaction, customer retention.
  • Improved employee engagement.
  • Improved image and reputation.

The Standards

ISO 9001 - The international standard for quality management systems. It requires commitment to continual improvement and customer focus. Recently updated in 2015 the new standard has greater emphasis on risk based thinking, enhanced leadership involvement, identifying the context of the organisation, and a common structure with 14001 known as Annex SL.

ISO 14001 - The international standard for environmental management systems. It requires identification and control of significant environmental aspects and associated legal and other requirements. Like 9001 it has been updated in 2015 and has the requirement for enhanced leadership involvement, increased emphasis on protecting the environment including biodiversity and ecosystems and lifecycle thinking and a common structure with 9001.

OHSAS 18001 - The standard for occupational health and safety management systems based on identifying and controlling health and safety risks. This standard will be replaced by ISO 45001 currently under development and planned for issue late in 2016.

All three standards can be independently certificated by organisations accredited through the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS).