Wed 29 Aug 2018

CCF Civil Construction Management Code Undergoes Update:

What is the CCF Code?

In response to the needs of various Federal and State Government Authorities and other key stakeholders in the civil construction industry, the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) have developed and maintained the CCF Civil Construction Management Code.

The Code is designed to assist contractor businesses in achieving and maintaining compliance to the relevant industry Standards and Regulations, helping them to optimise operational quality and safety, and mitigate risk, for ongoing peace of mind.

With the recognised levels of complexity and risk regularly faced by businesses in the civil construction industry, it is imperative that businesses take every measure to ensure they are fully compliant at all times. This is where the value of the CCF Code is fully realised, providing clear guidance to business owners and managers as to their regulatory obligations and corresponding duty of care.

Developed for comprehensive compliance, the Code draws together elements of quality, workplace health and safety, and environmental management, in one system for the civil construction and related industries. The CCF Code is used by service providers as a practical, easy to interpret Standard, enabling them to demonstrate that their services meet the industry benchmark and relevant regulatory requirements – and by procurers of such services to assure high levels of SEQ compliance in their delivery.

The CCF Code is accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) for third party certification.

The Code is designed to be used in isolation of, or in combination with, other certification standards such as;

  • AS/NZS 4801 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • AS/NZS ISO 9001 – Quality Management System
  • AS/NZS ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System
Management Systems

This CCF Code also specifies the management system requirements that will allow the contractor to demonstrate an appropriate management system is in place to direct the delivery of services required to meet customer expectations and applicable SEQ legislative requirements. Similarly, the Code requires that the contractor’s system generate objective evidence to demonstrate the management of business and project risks.

To meet industry needs, CCF has developed a Management System Document Suite (MSDS) that enables contractors to achieve and maintain ongoing compliance with the Code. This MSDS comprises over 80 documents, including; plans, guidelines, forms/templates, registers and reports, each an effective support tool for operations management and record keeping.

CCF also offers options for online software systems developed to host and support the MSDS, providing contractors with instant access to view and manage their records. These systems are particularly valuable to efficient record management, significantly decreasing the time required by manual handling, and making the time of an audit less stressful.

Contractors are able to achieve CCF Certified (accredited) Contractor status, by implementing management systems developed using the CCF Code, and undergoing an audit by a JAS-ANZ accredited, third party Certification Body. This audit should be repeated on an annual basis.

The Code Undergoes a Significant Update

In lockstep with recent changes to the Quality and Environmental ISO Standards (2015 amendments) and in response to feedback from industry stakeholders, a major review and upgrade of the CCF Code was implemented – with the new version of the Code becoming a single source for specifying the combined ‘best practice’ principles of the relevant legislation and standards, and corresponding management system requirements.

The development of the new version of the Code was grounded on feedback from existing CCF Code users and experts in this field, to ensure its requirements are sensible, practical and usable to best meet the operational needs of its users. The primary objective of the Code update was to make additions and improvements that would be of greatest value to contractor businesses.

Updated elements of the CCF Code include:

  • Improvements to overall integration, increased simplification and decreased areas of duplication.
  • A more modern approach to the demonstration of required outputs and less focus on the requirement for documented procedures.
  • Increased focus on the requirement for clear designation of business/systems scope.
  • A simpler, total risk management approach, with an ‘all of systems’ (combined SEQ) requirement.
  • Increased focus on the demonstration of leadership, involvement and support by leaders in systems aspects.
  • Enhanced customer and community focus.
  • Increased focus on operations, endorsing a total risk management approach that includes a thorough assessment of SEQ risks and opportunities on a project by project basis.
  • Former non-conformance preventative/corrective action and improvement provisions upgraded to integrated improvement management requirements.
  • Updated requirements for information management and record control, incorporating modern electronic systems, data control, communications protocols and controls, information security, etc.
  • Consolidation and simplification of the requirements for communications and consultation into a unified SEQ approach.
  • Consolidation and simplification of the requirements for competence and awareness into a unified SEQ approach, with additional focus on proving appropriate qualification and competency, demonstrating a level of understanding and maintaining legislative ‘Duty of Care’ aspects.
  • The addition of requirements for incident management and emergency preparedness.

To ensure details of the Code update are effectively shared and understood within the industry, CCF Victoria will be hosting a series of workshops over the coming months in different regions/locations around the State. These workshops will be designed to provide guidance to both contractor businesses, local councils/ government, utilities authorities and auditor organisations.

To learn more about CCF Code Update Workshops in your area, contact the CCF Team on 1300 DIAL CCF.