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Shredding standards and accreditations: what do they mean?

What are the relevant standards, accreditations and professional memberships for a shredding provider? And what do they all mean?

When you choose a supplier to shred your unwanted documents and other items, it’s important to understand that not every shredding provider is the same.

With the forthcoming GDPR tightening up the regulations on how you should collect, retain and dispose of data, it’s never been more important to know who you’re dealing with and make sure your data is being disposed of in a secure way.

We carry out our shredding to the highest standards of quality and security. All our staff are security checked, and we also offer satellite tracking of vehicles and CCTV in all vehicles and depots.

Choose our mobile shredding service and you can literally watch your documents or digital media going on to the vehicle and being destroyed. If you prefer off-site shredding, we’ll collect your material and securely transport it to our high-security premises for same-day shredding, providing a certificate of destruction as confirmation.

In addition to these working practices, we also hold the following third-party accreditations:

  • ISO 9001, the most recognised international standard for quality management systems
  • EN 15713, the standard specifically relating to the secure destruction of confidential information, which proves that we meet requirements for managing, controlling and disposing of confidential information securely and safely
  • ISO 14001, the standard for environmental management, improving resource efficiency and reducing waste
  • PCI DSS Level 1, which covers processing card payments securely. Level 1 is the highest level of service provider

We are also a member of these trade associations:

  • The British Security Industry Association (BSIA), which has been leading and shaping the security industry for over 40 years. In 2015 our Managing Director, Simon Franklin, was elected vice-chair of the Information Destruction section
  • The United Kingdom Security Shredding Association (UKSSA), the only UK association dedicated to Security Shredding operational standards. Members must meet the very highest industry standards
  • Safecontractor, which reassures customers over our health and safety practices
  • The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), which covers safety, emissions, fuel efficiency and other aspects to affirm that we are a responsible fleet operator

Finally, we are currently the only security shredding provider to be accredited by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLAA), showing that we are a responsible employer with a strong commitment to the welfare, health and safety of our staff.

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