Dulux Paints Ireland Ltd was one of 31 private, public and SME sector organisations receiving awards today from the Minister for Small Business, Mr John Perry T.D. at NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland). The international company joined the likes of Dawn Meats, Datapac, the Fire & Rescue Services of both Carlow and Clare in achieving world class standards under a range of headings including Health and Safety Management, Environmental Management, Medical Devices Quality Management Systems and Excellence Through People – the national human resources management scheme.
The Minister joined Maurice Buckley, Chief Executive of NSAI to present the awards, congratulate the attendees, and recognise their important investment in standards.
“Finding a competitive advantage is crucial for businesses both at home and abroad and the impressive organisations here today show that companies believe that standards really do give their business that advantage. Companies are investing in standards because they can see the return on investment and are seeing the benefits. Standards can open up doors to new opportunities for business and in and many cases these companies present today have already seen this and are representing Ireland on the international stage.” said John Perry, T.D. Minister for Small Business.
“The small business sector is central to economic recovery, job creation and the further development of the Irish economy. Certification to standards helps businesses to be innovative, allowing SMEs to compete with much larger companies, attract new customers, and access global markets.” said Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI.
Other companies present at the event included the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates who received one of the first NSAI Excellence Through People certificates issued abroad and INMO Tech who were certified to the Quality Management standard (ISO 9001), and Medical Devices Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485). This standard (ISO 13485) assists companies in the highly regulated medical devices sector to sell their products on the global market and demonstrates to customers, and to the regulators, that the product has been manufactured to the highest levels of quality.
The standards awarded were:
ISO 14001– Environmental Management Systems OHSAS
18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
ETP 1000 – Excellence Through People
ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems
ISO 13485 – Medical Devices – Quality Management Systems