Compliance in Construction industry
Construction companies are required to regularly monitor compliance standards, and managers within that industry are, or should be, familiar with the compliance levels laid out by Australian Occupation, Health and Safety authorities. Everything is included in that compliance such as making sure that all occupational health and safety standards are rigorously met. Compliance is also necessary to protect the rights of construction workers that operate in specialised industries (for example communication tower workers). Scheduling and regular inspections also form conditions of compliance.
There is a unique challenge for recruiters involved with compliance and the construction industry because there are specific measures that apply to the industry and they must be coupled with a different set of national standards.
Certain government departments are able to track a company’s action plan to ensure they recruit and hire a diverse number of candidates. A company’s action plan should clearly indicate that there is no discrimination in the workforce and it should ensure that aspects such as gender, race, and age do not affect a candidate’s suitability for employment.
A diverse workforce isn’t just about meeting compliance either. Research carried out has shown that companies who embrace workforce diversity have a better employee retention as well as a more qualified workforce. When you consider that the construction industry has a hard time finding skilled workers, both these benefits are important.
An affirmative action plan also goes outside the parameters of just hiring. A company is required to keep copies of collective bargaining agreements in which you can find information on employment policies, copies of employee contracts and that the language used is based on equal opportunity.
A company can have a periodic review to make sure they are adhering to compliance. If the construction company does not meet the standards, they can be fined.
Some Compliance Solutions
There should be company policy that every new employee goes through the same induction process. Somebody new starting out on the job should know where everything is and what the safety rules are for the site. The same induction process should be applied to site visitors, graduate technicians, and whoever else may visit the site during a project. The construction industry is considered high risk, and your compliance policies will be severely scrutinised in the event of an accident.
What is an Induction?
Generally speaking induction is the orientating of a new employee to his or her proposed workplace, explaining procedures and processes in the area, and most importantly, the recognised safety hazards in the work area. The new employee must be familiar enough after induction to carry out his or her duties as safely and as effectively as possible. The induction process will be different depending on what role that person will have on the job.
The key areas that should be covered in an induction are:
This is not a complete list and remember, that every workplace and project is unique, therefore rules will be different for each specific workplace.