For many organisations and businesses that operate within or with Australia, there are two organisations that are key for regulations- the ISO (International Organization for Standards) and Standards Australia. Across industry fields and sectors, these two organisations dominate the regulations and standards that many businesses and organisations should follow in the name of best practice and excellence.
It is therefore imperative that regardless of your operations, that if you can integrate inspection in line with their material, then you ought to do so. One big tool that helps management, compliance, and inspection staff with this are digital inspection solutions. These tools are today designed to incorporate standards and regulations in mind, so that when a new documentation or guidance within the industry is released, any business or organisation can access a checklist that complies or inspects in line with this material. Sometimes the standards can also be downloaded to the digital inspection system and be pre-scheduled for any inspector that the particular standard could apply to.
Standards Australia produces several different standards for a whole host of different fields and industries. It is often seen as one of the pillars of best practice in Australia and is regularly found in many organisations as a source of information. When inspectors come to conduct business inspections in the form of a safety audit, a pre-start check of machinery or some quality assurance work; there will often be a standard that could be adhered to. Inspectors often want guidance to follow that ensures that the asset or machinery piece is checked as accurately as possible with regards to its intended use. This also provides a peace of mind for management and compliance teams, who know that if standards and regulations are integrated directly into the inspection process, there is less margin for error. As the standards and regulations produced by organisations such as Standards Australia are rigorously scrutinised and assembled by industry experts, there is a certain level of safety in the knowledge that this is the industry best practice for whatever is being inspected. Today with the integration of standards and regulations into the inspection process through paperless inspection solutions, there is better adoption of best practice across operations and methods by many at the facility, which feeds into a better culture of work.