How to manage construction compliance for success

As construction projects grow in scale and scope, and regulatory demands increase, contractors of all kinds face the need to manage construction compliance end-to-end in order to deliver a successful project.

With non-compliance comes a plethora of problems for the project as a whole. At best, this can lead to an interruption and delays on delivery deadlines. At worst, enforcement action by the relevant regulatory body could lead to significant financial losses.

 

1. Know your obligations

The first step towards managing your compliance obligations is to identify exactly what they are.

In the construction sector, the most obvious compliance demands are things like building regulations, union agreements and agreed terms with contractors and subcontractors.

Another major area of construction industry regulation is health and safety. By learning the rules that apply to your business, you can see more easily how to implement them on a daily basis.

 

2. Increase automation

While construction is inherently a very human sector, compliance is one area where automation can help to reduce human error.

By digitising your records, you can make sure all your compliance data is ready and can be recalled easily from any location via a secure internet connection.

This also makes it easier to update records when information changes, compared with having a printed document to amend or replace every time.

 

3. Demonstrate compliance

Compliance is not just an internal process. It is also a way to give customers confidence in your processes – and may even be a requirement for public sector contracts.

By implementing a management system certified to ISO 45001:2018/OHSAS 18001:2007 and SSIP you can pre-qualify for the common assessment standards used at the tender stage of public sector projects.

You can also install systems that support significant other standards, such as ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management and/or ISO 9001:2015 for quality management.

This means that by ensuring compliance upfront, you could potentially unlock access to a large and lucrative marketplace, while providing private sector clients with greater peace of mind too.

 

Take a step ahead

If you want to get ahead of your closest competition, a streamlined approach to construction compliance could be the answer, especially if your existing processes have been built up over time and have become complex and woolly.

Contact hebs Group today on 0151 2360707 to find out more about how to manage construction compliance for success on projects of all sizes, for the private and public sector alike, and how to gain that all-important competitive edge by doing so.

Top telecom challenges

Top telecom challenges 2021

It goes without saying that in 2020, the biggest challenge faced by most of us, at work and at home, was the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the Coronavirus remains a primary concern, the rollout of vaccines and improved treatments for the disease is allowing major economies around the world to begin the delicate task of opening back up.

As we move into the second half of 2021, Let’s take a look at top telecom challenges – some deriving from the pandemic, and others from more general market forces.

 

1. Digital everything

With many of us working from home during the pandemic and unable to visit family and friends, video conferencing took on new importance as a way to keep in touch.

From a Monday morning Teams meeting with colleagues to a Friday-night Zoom ‘pub quiz’ with distant friends, the webcam has replaced the phone as the go-to device for real-time contact.

As the analogue telephone network begins to shut down, this move to digital communications will only accelerate, and it’s already time for the sector to take the necessary action to keep devices operating in the coming years.

 

2. 5G potential

Consumer understanding of 5G is often very limited – most see it as nothing more than a faster version of 4G, at best.

For the industry, 5G offers huge potential for remote real-time communications with all kinds of devices, supporting the next phase of the Internet of Things for anything with a SIM card and a 5G signal.

The increasing implementation of 5G and the installation of new masts to support the protocol will play a major part in transforming mobile communications in the second half of 2021.

One remaining telecom challenge in this area is to ensure public perception is positive by dispelling some of the myths surrounding 5G technology and pushing home the advantages of high-speed mobile data connections, especially in locations not covered by public Wi-Fi.

 

3. Safe and secure

Finally, one of the other top telecom challenges is security as more devices connect to the IoT and more employees work flexible terms from remote locations.

The more data is stored, the more value it represents for would-be cybersecurity attackers, and the harder it becomes to prevent the smallest leaks.

In 2021 and beyond, it will be as important as ever to ensure remote workers can dial in securely to WANs, while putting in place firewalls and other perimeter security measures to keep out potential hacks and attacks.

 

Find out more

To discuss how hebs Group can help you solve your own telecoms challenges in 2021, contact us today on 0151 2360707. All enquiries are welcome and we’ll be happy to help.

hebs NICEIC Contractors are here for you!

At hebs Group we’re rightfully proud of our numerous accreditations and affiliations, which provide our clients with valuable peace of mind about the quality of our services.

It’s not just about having a logo or quality mark to put on our website. These professional memberships require high standards of service and workmanship, and ultimately they are about you, our clients, and how well we serve you on each and every project.

One of our proudest accreditations is NICEIC Approved Contractor status, which verifies that our electrical installation work is carried out to very high industry standards, something that is especially close to our heart.

This goes right back to the beginnings of hebs Group, but also proves that we are not complacent – we remain as committed to quality today as we have always been.

 

A history of electrical installations

Our company history is centred around electrical installations and maintenance, and they remain a core function of our present-day activities. So it’s only right that we prove our capabilities in this area and continue to build on our unparalleled track record.

As NICEIC Contractors, we are able to do exactly that. NICEIC accreditation demonstrates that we have met and exceeded the required standards for membership, giving our electrical engineers industry knowledge and experience to bring to your project.

When you hire hebs Group to complete electrical work for you, whether it’s a new electrical installation or maintenance of existing systems, you can rest assured of receiving a service that upholds this exacting standard at all times.

 

Other accreditations

At hebs Group we understand the importance of external certification and accreditation, so that you can always know you will receive the highest standards of service from us, and don’t have to take our word for it.

Some examples of our accreditations and professional affiliations include:

  • Safe Contractor Approved
  • NICEIC Approved Contractors 
  • Constructionline UK Government Certification Service
  • CHAS Accredited Contractor
  • ISO 9001-17735 ISOQAR Registered
  • ISO 14001-17735 ISOQAR Registered

We are also NHS Framework Contractors, allowing us to carry out work for public sector organisations. Our Framework Reference Number is SBS/MN/PZJ/8874.

 

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about our NICEIC status or any of our professional memberships and certifications, please contact us on 0151 2360707 and we’ll be happy to help.

We look forwards to hearing from you, and all enquiries are very welcome.