Achilles Utilities Vendor Data Base (UVDB) enables the utilities sector to use the Achilles proven supplier pre-qualification system to manage risk within the supply chain and to comply with EU regulations. Inclusion on the database follows the assessment of an organisation’s management systems and audits through site visits. In the recent Achilles audit, OCS achieved an unprecedented 100 per cent score across all three standards – quality, health and safety and environmental - for both management systems and site visits.
OCS hosted the audit with Fountains’ Northern Powergrid contract. The auditor was particularly impressed with the initiatives for key management processes, including the digital smartpens, for streamlining systems, and the asset mapping and work planning systems. As part of the OCS Group, Fountains’ Northern Powergrid team delivers vegetation management services around high and low voltage power lines across Yorkshire.
Bob Taylor, OCS CEO UK Public Sector Healthcare and Infrastructure commented: “This is a first in terms of achievement in a UVDB audit and is testament to the commitment and competence of all involved. We are pleased to be part of the Achilles UVDB community that helps buyers manage risk, increase efficiency, raise compliance standards and reduce costs.”
Launched in 1996, Achilles UVDB is managed by a Steering Group, which consists of utility buyers, to drive industry best practice.