Posted on: 23/11/2020
In this day and age, we can no longer afford to continue making excuses for our failings or procrastination when it comes to doing “the right thing”. To “do the right thing, at the right time, and in the right way”. Being compliant is not a choice; it is a call of duty, for every compassionate Health & Safety professional that has a genuine desire to ensure that we reduce the risks of repeating the mistakes we made that led to the unfortunate events like the Lakanal House Fire and the Grenfell Tower Fire.
So, what do we do? What is our common goal as a sector? Where do we start? if we mean to be compliant. How do we ensure that we remain compliant whilst observing and adhering to all the regulations in place?
True Compliance was born from the ideals and answers that all professionals within the industry had long sought, in order to help them configure all these previously aforementioned questions.
Our top priority and common goal as a sector should be to ensure the safety of our residents & consumers by any means necessary, whilst keeping them at the heart of every decision. The most effective method of following up on this strategy is to re-examine the way we review each initial data from the inception of each compliance stream. Accidents will always occur, but we can always persevere to mitigate the risks of increased human errors. True Compliance rose to this challenge by pointing out that the accuracy of the data of each compliance stream should be the main driving factor towards the journey to being compliant.
Most seasoned compliance officers that have been exposed to multiple reports from engineers; regarding various compliance assessments they had undertaken, might explain their past difficulties at interpreting handwritten documents that can be mistaken for hieroglyphs. Eventually regulatory laws will be passed to ensure the mandatory digitisation of manual documents, therefore reducing the risk of human errors at the initial stage the data is submitted. The True Compliance platform eases all fears of not being able to comply with these upcoming and anticipated regulations through forward thinking; its system is bespokely engineered to incorporate data submitted in various formats (Pdf, word doc, csv and more). This flexibility is precisely one of the main principles with which True Compliance was founded on; to be able to assist organisations that already have their own incorporated methodologies or systems via Application Programming Interface(API), and to provide a modern solution for firms to track, record and report any non-compliance.
True Compliance is unapologetically modern in its approach to the way its system incorporates compliance date, after all it is a system that was solely built to address compliance related problems. Taking a closer look at the system, it uses PDF reading technology with Ai to take all the relevant information from the document and store it against the correct property/ asset, while the system is also able to check for certification before accepting them into the system, giving more greater data integrity. Any rejected certificates are sent directly back to the contractor and are not accepted until a new correct document is filled out.
It bespokely developed robust actions model for FRAs, LOLER and Water Risk Assessments, which meant that every task could now be signed off with evidence and with the system being cloud based, this can be done on site rather than back at an office.
If a revolution has many fronts, then our sector must embrace digital transformation as one of its channels, it is also a modern solution. It is the next logical path our sector can embark on to ensure that we are saving time, resources and energy in a way that is carbon neutral. More importantly; the drive and inspiration for this change must come from within the organisation, from a humanist passion that focuses solely on keeping the consumers safe.
In this modern era, compliance is so important that it needs its own system, it’s very own department. It is crucial that every Housing Association or compliance manager in the country should be made aware of the various compliance management tools available at their disposal, one that specifically addresses all the current compliance-related issues.
The New Building safety bill will help towards raising awareness of this, with new enforcement and authoritative powers being granted to authorised officers. More than ever, companies will be held accountable for non-compliance. For example, it will soon be obligatory for organisations to report to the relevant regulator and inform them on any structural and fire safety occurrences that could cause a significant risk. Businesses have been advised to find viable solutions to put in place for internal processes that can enable them to comply with new reporting regulations. The current economic climate has made it difficult for organisations to prioritise their tasks due to the instability and uncertainty surrounding the world, cause by the recent global pandemic.
Through innovative digital transformation within targeted areas of our industry; we can provide an equal opportunity for companies within our sector to review their organizational, cultural and operational processes through the smart integration of new modern technologies available.