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Audit insights May 2017: top 10 site non conformance issues

Written by Nick Garland on 01/08/2017
 

I’m always fascinated by the insight the Assure360 app gives us into the issues we’re all tackling during site safety audits and tech reviews.

Because Assure360 is the only community audit and compliance tool available for the asbestos removal and construction industry and there are more than a hundred safety professionals using the system we have the potential to really improve safety in the construction industry.

What’s in the May 2017 data?

The system incorporates site audits and records tech reviews during the planning stage so managers can learn from common issues picked up by their peers – before the project goes live.

Here is a taster of the most recent findings we shared covering audits and site reviews from May 2017.

The 10 most common non conformance issues

If we look at the overall top 10 we see predominantly paperwork issues, that either are, or can be identified during peer reviews:

The 10 most common non conformance issues in May 2017

The top 10 list looks like this:

  1. Accuracy of drawings
  2. Method statement clarity
  3. Electrical isolations
  4. ASB5
  5. Access Equipment – tagging
  6. Face Fit Test certification
  7. Medical certification
  8. Risk Assessment (Site Specific)
  9. Waste storage
  10. Required plant and equipment on site

Compared to last time we published the data, we can see some differences:

  • Overall instances of non-conformance have dropped.
  • The issue of Risk Assessments being non, site-specific has also dropped – from the third most common issue to the eighth.
  • A new issue is storage of waste.

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 allowing company wide concerns to cloud the issue:

The most common issues for supervisors in May 2017

The top 10 for supervisors looks like this:

  1. Accuracy of drawings
  2. Medical certification
  3. Site security
  4. Live Gas & Flues Marked
  5. Training certification
  6. Access Equipment Tagging
  7. Electrical Isolations
  8. Face Fit Test certification
  9. Method Statement Accuracy
  10. RPE Clean
  • Buddy Vacs (a decontamination technique used in the asbestos industry) and condition of company vehicles have fallen out of the top 10 entirely.
  • New issues that are being identified is the cleanliness of RPE and method statement accuracy.

This last is normally the responsibility of the Contracts Manager, but we can see from this that the auditors are attempting to improve the skills at all levels.

Root and branch

Assure360 is not a dumb ‘smart form’ or isolated tablet application – it is linked to a powerful cloud database. Its sophisticated system of automatic reminders and dashboards, ensures the right people deal with the issues at the right time. As Assure360 always asks – ‘what could we do to prevent this from happening again?’ everything is dealt with – root and branch.

This month’s results would indicate that the approach is working.

How could Assure360 help you?

How does this data compare with your own audits? Do you have a tool that can help you monitor and tackle these issues, saving you time and money and keeping everyone on the project up to speed?

Let us know what kind of data you’d be interested in seeing.

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