Members of every industry are aware of the need to maintain high standards across the board, but in sectors such as construction, where failing to meet standards can be the difference between life and death, it is vital.

Not only can a high standard of health and safety help to ensure the wellbeing of workers, members of the public and anyone else associated with a building project, but having the highest standard products can also ensure conformation with regulations around product size, quality and other aspects.

Manufacturers, suppliers and contractors alike know that in order to set themselves apart from the competition, it is important to use products that are not only fit for purpose, but will also stand the test of time, as the best possible advertisement for any organisation’s services is its previous projects.

When creating estimates for a job, it is important to bear the quality of the product in mind, as this can have a bearing on the customer’s ultimate decision; if it is an organisation renowned for quality then this will reflect well on your estimate. If not, it may end up giving the wrong impression, losing business.

In order to maintain a level playing field, the industry is constantly seeking to set new standards and raise the bar with existing standards so that ever-expanding and increasing customer expectations are met and there is a constant line of quality throughout the entire supply chain.

Having a mark of quality can also provide peace of mind for the end user and any other parties, who know the likelihood of returns or product failure is low.

As an example, the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) – which acts as a bridge between industries and the government and ensures fire and security products and services perform to the highest standard – has its own seal of approval for a range of products.

It benefits both specifiers and manufacturers, by providing third-party approval that products and services will continue to meet high standards, having a multitude of benefits.

For specifiers, using LPCB-approved products effectively helps to reduce fire safety and security risks, which can have an ongoing impact on issues ranging from employee and customer safety to insurance.

For manufacturers, gaining LPCB approval can have a tangible effect on both the value and sales of products, because LPCB-approved products are specified around the world and have universal conformance.

In a world of evolving standards, having the right ones in place can create peace of mind through the entire supply chain and help to maintain the reputations of all involved.

By Liam O’Hara, marketing director at SIG Building Solutions