At Ram Constructions we place the highest emphasis on our WHS Performance. Over the past three years in the ACT construction industry some hard truths have come to light as a result of the Getting Home Safety Report published by WorkSafe ACT, as well as the ongoing investigations into the three fatal incidents that occurred in 2012/13. We have reviewed this report as well as discussed the recommendations with our own employees to gain a better understanding and appreciation of how our business operations impact them and their day to day challenges in managing WHS both on our sites and within our office.
As a result we have bolstered our overall documented WHS management system to place a higher emphasis on the measurement and review of our own performance and general operations. We are pleased to acknowledge the following milestones for our company and employees:
- Successful implementation and overall acceptance with our employees of a vigorous WHS Management System.
- Several audits under the ACT Government active certification scheme with only minor non-conformances and general observations for improvement identified. We note all were actioned and implemented prior to the next audit.
- Education and commitment of our older site-based employees such as site foreman and leading hands to ensure their acceptance of a site based WHS program.
- Interest and commitment from our junior employees with regard to input and improvement of our current systems.
These milestones have had a huge impact on our measurable WHS performance. Our WHS program is in place to prevent harm to our employees, subcontractors and other parties that work on our sites. Management and staff are absolutely committed to its ongoing implementation and improvement.
RAM Constructions operates an integrated management system covering Quality, OHS and Environmental Management, known as RAM BMS (Business Management System). The BMS is an externally audited system administered by International Certifications.
RAM’s Business Management System (BMS) is the Company’s operating manual consisting of procedures, forms and checklists that formalise the way we deal with all aspects of running the Company and specific projects. We have been operating this audited system for approximately 12 years and in this time have maintained a high standard of compliance, with only minor non-conformances recorded during external audits.
The BMS sets out in a logical manner the key processes of the Company’s operations and procedures, and employees’ individual responsibilities, to ensure that specified quality, safety and environmental requirements are met or exceeded. RAM’s BMS is internally and externally audited to ensure continued compliance at all levels.
Procedures in our BMS ensure that all legislation relating to our operations is regularly reviewed and, where appropriate, systems and procedures are updated in line with requirements. We are updated on changes to applicable legislation through various memberships with industry bodies including the MBA, HIA, LCA, ACT Construction Industry Long Service Leave Board and our private certifier.
Our ability to manage Quality, Environmental and OHS activities has been recognised with RAM’s BMS incorporating OHS, Environmental and Quality Management having been granted second-party accreditation in accordance with the ISO9001-2008 and ACT Government Safety and Environmental requirements, with external compliance audits conducted every 12 months.