Skybridge’s AS-4801 and OFSC accredited safety management system incorporates years of continuous improvement and extensive consultation with field contractors and WHS experts.
A CULTURE OF SAFETY
We know that a lot of companies claim that safety is their number one priority. However, most companies have a bureaucratic approach to safety, which does not provide effective safety outcomes.
Our approach is different. For a safety program to be effective, it needs to be integrated into the daily life of every staff member and field contractor. We facilitate this through mandatory staff safety training, compliance audits on all completed field activities and “lock-step” technology incorporated into our systems.
SKYBRIDGE’S 11 SAFETY CONTROLS
Control 1: Consistent Approach To Contractor Training
Skybridge runs in-house training programs for contractors participating in our programs, to ensure competency and understanding of tasks expected of them. Our training programs are developed in accordance with the Australian Training Quality Framework.
Skybridge has developed a state of the art training facility that enables simulation of in-field scenarios and practical assessment of contractors undertaking safe work procedures.
Control 2: Commitment from Senior Management
A cornerstone philosophy of Skybridge is that preventing injuries, illnesses and operational losses is good business. To be successful, this requires senior management vision, leadership and commitment to prevention. To reinforce this, Skybridge has implemented a Leadership Walk program which is undertaken by the company officers through to team leaders, ensuring everybody is aware of the safety risks to the business including those undertaken by our Contractors in the field. The Leadership Walk requires a live audit be undertaken by the Leader (e.g. CEO) accompanied by a qualified auditor (e.g QA officer, WHS manager) throughout the entire installation process.
Control 3: Desktop Safety Audit On 100% Of Jobs Completed
Skybridge long ago recognised the challenges associated with supervising contractors working on individual installations. As far back as 2006 we implemented the Desktop Audit process to ensure safe work procedures were adhered to and the quality of work meets required standards.
We have further refined this process since then, particularly through the introduction of our Skypad, our field “app” which improves the validation of information submitted by contractors and also significantly reduces administration time.
Control 4: Fatigue Management
Skybridge has implemented a Fatigue Management procedure to ensure contractors are not over-scheduled with jobs and monitoring daily travel being undertaken.
Control 5: Site Safety Analysis
Contractors must complete a pre-start Site Safety Analysis (risk assessment) for every job to assess the hazards on site. They are also required to take photos throughout the installation showing they are working safely e.g. a photo showing their fall restraint setup and anchor points.
Control 6: Externally Accredited Integrated Management System
Skybridge has an integrated management system accredited to the highest standard available in Australia, the Office of Federal Safety Commission (OFSC). Additionally, Skybridge is accredited in AS 4801, ISO 9001 and ISO14001.
Control 7: Internal audits
Skybridge undertakes periodic Health and Safety Management Self-Assessment focused on ensuring the following outcomes are being delivered:
- Skybridge Health and Safety Values and Principles are adhered to
- A Safe Work Environment is consistently provided to contractors and staff
- Contractors and staff are utilising safe work procedures
- Accountability and Continuous Improvement objectives are being met
Skybridge Contractors are also required to undertake periodical Self-Assessment Audits which are made available to our Clients.
Control 8: External audits
In addition to audits undertaken by SAI Global for IMS compliance, we are also audited by by our clients and their appointed independent auditors quarterly.
Control 9: Working at heights procedure
To support our contractors adhering to our working at heights procedures we provide contractors with quality fall restraint equipment at cost. This equipment is available for purchase at training and via tech portals on their iPhone app.
Our procedure requires contractors to provide photographic evidence that fall restraint equipment has been utilised for every job where working at heights is involved. Should the contractor determine that fall restraint equipment is not required, the contractor must contact our Tech Support team to explain the situation and obtain a Permit To Work.
Control 10: Working with Asbestos
Skybridge ensures all contractors are trained in Asbestos Awareness so they are capable of identifying potential Asbestos Containing Material (ACM).
Once potential ACM is identified contractors are prompted to obtain a Permit to Work from Skybridge and cannot proceed any further until they outline clearly how they can work around the potential ACM or submit a site survey/quote for alternate installation type (eg ground mount) for approval.
Control 11: WHS Reporting
Our model includes monthly WHS reporting to our client. The report includes:
- Number of Leadership Walks and Live audits completed
- Number of active contractors and helpers on the program
- Proof that all contractors have the required documentation with copies uploaded into their cards located in SIMON. Documentation includes insurances, current SWMS, training records and police clearance checks.
- Summary of Incident reports and investigations, including near misses and property damage
- Number of man hours worked (including travel)
- Live audit reports including photo evidence is submitted each month.