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Audit insights July 2017: top 10 site non conformance issues

Written by Nick Garland on 23/08/2017
 

The data we collect through the Assure360 app gives us unique insight into the issues our peers in the safety industry tackle during site audits and tech reviews.

Assure360 is the only community audit and compliance tool available for the asbestos removal and construction industry. With over a hundred safety professionals using the system – so far they’ve completed nearly 3000 audits and competence assessments – we are developing real insight into the challenges and issues our clients and peers face and overcome. As a result, Assure360 has the power to genuinely improve the construction industry.

What’s in the July 2017 data?

The system not only incorporates site audits, but records tech reviews during the planning stage and . This allows managers to learn from common issues picked up by their peers – before the project goes live.

We regularly share the community’s findings with our army of independent auditors through our customer newsletter. Here is a taster of the most recent findings we shared covering audits and site reviews from July 2017.

The 10 most common non conformance issues

The top 10 list looks like this:

  1. Method Statement (appropriate)
  2. RPE Maintenance – Certificate on site
  3. Drawings (accurate)
  4. Risk Assessments
  5. RPE – Daily checks
  6. Double Hand Rails
  7. Housekeeping
  8. FFT (Full Face)
  9. Permit to Work
  10. Certificate Verification

Changes from last time is that accuracy of the drawings has dropped lower as has double handrails. Dropping out of the top 10 completely COSHH assessments, electrical isolations and firefighting equipment. A new observation – at number 1, is the appropriateness of the method. This is a new question in the App – where the auditor makes a judgement of whether a better, safer, more efficient method could have been designed.

The most common issues for supervisors

Assure360 allows us to drill down and identify issues faced by supervisors. This allows the teams to address targeted issues within supervisor meetings, rather than letting company wide concerns to cloud the issue:

The top 10 for supervisors looks like this:

  1. RPE maintenance
  2. Double Hand Rails
  3. Housekeeping
  4. HAVS
  5. RPE Daily Checks
  6. Scaffold (Boards)
  7. Certificate Verification
  8. COSHH Assessments
  9. Inspections completed at the right time
  10. Method Statement Briefing

The two interesting additions to the list is double hand rails and housekeeping. Both are traditional H&S issues rather than asbestos specific, and might indicate widening expertise or awareness from the auditors. Also a new question in the system is Method Statement Briefing. This is where a supervisor has had to be moved or replaced – has there been sufficient hand-over and has the new site management taken full charge of the site?

The most common issues for contracts managers

Similarly, contracts managers can focus on their challenges:

The top 10 issues for contracts managers are:

  1. Method statement (appropriate)
  2. Drawings
  3. Risk assessments
  4. Method Statement (clearly written)
  5. Report compliant with guidance
  6. HAVS
  7. RA – Vibration
  8. Risk Assessments (Site Specific)
  9. Accident Records
  10. Amendments

HAVS and the associated vibration risk assessments seem to be an issue at the moment. Also the refining of the question set, with more options with regard to how a method statement is being written – has changed how issues are being recorded. This will help with more detailed root cause analysis.

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