A new Australian construction industry poll, commissioned by Procore Technologies Inc. and conducted by ACA Research, found that 64% of respondents are not currently accredited to the globally accepted quality management standard ISO9001:2015. Unsurprisingly, the OFSC COVID-19 accreditation for Commonwealth Government funded construction projects has become a key priority in 2020, yet just 31% of survey respondents have implemented compliance with the scheme.

Keeping up to date with new regulations is the single most challenging part of managing quality and safety compliance, according to 74% of Australian construction companies surveyed. Respondents also identified: capturing the necessary data consistently (73%); reporting (71%); designing ISO-compliant processes (71%); and building a compliant folder structure (71%) as the most complex aspects of complying with ISO Standards.

To address this issues, Procore Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of construction management software, has announced Safety Essentials to support Australian and New Zealand construction companies in aligning with the ISO9001/ISO45001/ISO14001 standards, as well as guidelines from the Australian Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) pertaining to COVID-19. The new content-as-a-service offering will be available at no additional cost to all customers using Procore Quality & Safety.

Procore Safety Essentials offers pre-built forms, inspection templates and folder structures within the Procore Platform to give ANZ customers a head start on managing quality and safety compliance. Procore also provides reporting capabilities, helping customers save time and reduce the potential for human error by streamlining the often arduous process of collating and analysing data for audit purposes.

“It is imperative that construction companies strive towards providing safe worksites and high quality projects to clients. This value added content is intended to provide an excellent pathway for Procore clients in delivering these objectives while being aligned to the intent of the ISO Standards,” said Chris Haddrill, risk engineer and industry leading ISO consultant, who collaborated with Procore on the development of Safety Essentials.

The industry poll found that companies of all sizes recognise the value of collecting and analysing project data in identifying and mitigating safety risks. At the same time, construction companies are recognising that with data, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Key findings include:

  • 3 in 5 businesses (60%) agree that effective use of data is critical in creating safer jobsites.
  • 3 in 5 businesses (60%) believe there is little value in collecting safety data unless it can be brought together on one platform and effectively used to create safer environments.
  • 7 in 10 medium businesses (10-99 employees) say they would change software providers if they could more effectively integrate their data across different systems.
  • 58% of large businesses (100+ employees) have improved data capture processes during the past six months.

Large businesses in particular have seen the value of having a software platform that allows them to collect and interrogate safety data from across the business during the global pandemic. The poll found that the ability to analyse and foresee risks enabled safer work sites for large businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.