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.