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RISAS accreditation for Bombardier depot

Bombardier has achieved RISAS certification for its Ilford depot. The Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) provides safety assurance for suppliers and services. 

The certification runs from May 2013 and encompasses delivery of rolling stock overhaul, supply of door header kits, door control equipment and gangways. The assessment was undertaken by SGS CORREL Rail. 

Dave Adams, general manager at Bombardier’s Ilford depot said: “It was a deep delve into our management systems and processes, resulting in improvements to our business. Our RISAS certificate is third party proof of Ilford’s heavy maintenance capability to the world.” 

Barry Cullinane, who led the SGS team during the assessment added: “SGS awarded Bombardier the RISAS certificate following a lot of hard work all round. As we have seen with so many other organisations, the assessment had an immediate impact and unlocked a huge amount of hidden value. 

“Such a comprehensive examination of shop-floor and board-room processes will identify opportunities to improve, and as a RISAB we have to be sure that the business is applying its processes properly and correctly. The Ilford set-up has made the grade.” 

Chairman of the RISAS Board, Tim Dugher said: “The buying community should be encouraged that Bombardier continues to expand its corporate commitment to RISAS by going through the rigorous process of seeking and indeed achieving this certification at Ilford. 

“It's very gratifying to see the fruits of the effort undertaken, and that Bombardier at Ilford merits RISAS certification. The scheme is designed by the industry, for the industry, and endorsed by the regulator.” 

RTM recently interviewed RISAS scheme manager Brian Evans to hear more about the latest developments with the scheme. That interview can be found here

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