National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS)

Those companies that work on Highways Agency roads and supply services covered by the National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS) are required to be registered to the relevant Sector Scheme in order to comply with the Specification of Highway Works.

Benefits of National Highways Sector Scheme (NHSS)

  • Reduced costs - opportunity to reduce costs for the client and supplier though focus on quality as an objective
  • Continual improvement - making sure your processes are planned and maintaining with a properly trained and competent workforce
  • Best practice - assurance for your stakeholders by provision of a robust, transparent system and involve all sides of the industry in scheme ownership within a partnership framework

Why choose LRQA for National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS)?

  • Proven track record

  • We have high-profile clients in the fencing, landscaping and vehicle safety restraints to road surfacing and marking, traffic management, lighting, electronics and corrosion protection.
  • Experience

  • LRQA has been at the forefront of standards development and involved in QMS assessment and certification for a number of years.
  • NHSS specialists

  • Our assessor and management systems experts qualified in quality and other aspects of NHSS.

What is National Highways Sector Scheme (NHSS) certification?

National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS) are based on ISO 9001 with additional requirements for highways activities. Developed in conjunction with all parts of the highways industry and the United Kingdom Accredited Service, they were designed to provide an industry benchmark and to give assurance to clients that standards were being consistently applied.

"LRQA offers certification to more National Highway Sector Schemes than any other certification body in the UK"

Kevin How, Technical Manager, LRQA

The various Schemes are managed by separate technical advisory committees which comprise representatives from across the industry, certification and training bodies, clients, contractors, suppliers and trade associations.

The Sector Scheme Documents are published by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) on behalf of the technical advisory committees and can be downloaded from www.ukas.com

As a market leader in the provision of Business Assurance services throughout the highways sector and associated training services, we are ideally placed to provide accredited certification to each of the National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS).

In fact, LRQA has UKAS accreditation for the vast majority of NHSS schemes and we cover more than any other certification body.

LRQA offers certification to more National Highway Sector Schemes than any other certification body in the UK:

Number Scheme
1 Manufacture of Fencing Components
2A Design and/or Supply, Installation and Repair of Fences for Infrastructure Works.
2B Supply, Installation, Maintenance and Repair of Vehicle Restraint Systems.
2C Design, Supply, Installation and Repair of Environmental Barriers (Structural) for Infrastructure Works.
3 Stocking and Distribution activities for Mechanical Fasteners.
4 Preservative Treatment of Timber.
5A Manufacture of Parapets for Road Restraint Systems.
5B Installation of Parapets for Road Restraint Systems
6 Manufacture and Verification of Lighting Columns
7 Application of Road Marking Materials & Road Studs to Road Surfaces.
8 The overseeing and/or maintenance of Highway Electrical Equipment and supporting works.
9A Design, assembly and/or provision of permanent and temporary road traffic signs.
12A & 12B Static Temporary Traffic Management on Motorways and High Speed Dual Carriageways Including On Line Widening Schemes.
12C Mobile Lane Closure Traffic Management on Motorways and Other Dual Carriageways.
12D Installing, Maintaining and Removing Temporary Traffic Management on Rural and Urban Roads.
13A Supply and Application of Surface Dressings to Road Surfaces.
14 Quality Management of the Production of Asphalt Mixes.
15 Supply of Paving Grade Bitumens
16 Laying of asphalt mixes.
18 Environment and landscape including ecology.
19A Corrosion protection of ferrous materials by industrial coatings.
20 Execution of Steelwork in Transportation Infrastructure Assets
30 Installation, Maintenance and Repair of modular paving
GD02/08 Quality management systems for Highway Design.


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