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QuickSafety: A mobile solution for electrical safety and compliance

The Innovation

QuickSafety’s core product is a mobile app for electricians tackling compliance, risk and safety issues. The app enables electricians to complete safety certificates on their mobile device which are stored in accordance with regulatory requirements and can be accessed by asset owners, managers and regulators. The Brisbane-based start-up is also working towards preventive maintenance solutions based on data from the app to avoid costly power outages and system downtimes.

The diffusion and adoption process

What are the factors driving the adoption?
The young start-up seeks to further expand its business into the mining industry after having delivered successful user and customer experiences in the electrical and construction sector. A number of conditions and factors are anticipated to drive the adoption:

  • Compliance is a regulatory requirement: Electrical circuits need to be checked for compliance after installation and during retests. Currently used paper-based forms are laborious to complete and prone to
    errors; using the mobile app can fast-track the process, increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Instant validation of compliance: Data entered into the app is validated in real-time against compliance with standards of AS/NZS 3000 / 3017 which cannot be achieved by paper-based forms.
  • Greater transparency: In line with regulatory requirements, compliance certificates are stored for five years and can be digitally accessed by electricians, mining operators and regulatory bodies – thereby providing easy access to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Organisational health and safety drivers: Application of QuickSafety’s National Safety Alerts promises advances in electrical safety addressing the need of mining companies to provide a safer work environment for employees.
  • Room for value-added advancements: Ongoing development of preventive and proactive maintenance functionality aims to add more value to the innovation by helping to prevent outages and system downtimes.
  • Easy implementation of the innovation: The mobile app can be used on an electrician’s smartphone, reducing the need for investing in new hardware and offering an easy-to-use interface (e.g. red/green for
    fail/pass).

What are the barriers to diffusion and adoption? And how is QuickSafety managing these bottlenecks?

While some factors are favourable for the diffsion of QuickSafety’s innovation, the start-up is facing challenges and bottlenecks. Diffrent approaches and strategies assist with addressing these issues.

Challenge:

Electricians and electrical contractors demonstrate some resistance to change due to learned routines and limited awareness of possible issues with current approaches.

Strategy:

  • Educating potential customers and emphasising value of the product in terms of minimising safety, risk and compliance issues.
  • Offering the app for free to electricians highlighting time-savings for everyday jobs and risk reductions (e.g. safety alerts to the phone).
  • Collaboration with industry association to promote the mobile app and its advantages to their members; such as increased safety, real-time validation, and ease of use.

Challenge:

Regulatory requirements: The mobile app and its safety certificates need to comply with each state’s mining regulatory requirements.

Strategy:

Structured and strategic approach to meet regulatory requirements by moving from the top to the bottom: From federal to state level to industry-specific regulations. QuickSafety is now fully certified to AS/NZS3000/3017 Standards and is approved by each States Electrical Regulator.

Challenge:

Long procurement processes and cycles at mining companies can make it challenging for a start-up with limited resources to survive over long time-frames.

Strategy:

Diversification strategy to not only focus on mining but also on other industries such as construction.

Challenge:

Start-ups new to market and industry face liabilities due to newness, smallness, and resource constraints.

Strategy:

  • Targeted networking at conferences and industry events to increase knowledge of market and industry and to seek relevant contacts.
  • Seeking validity for the start-up through different strategies: Participation in METS accelerator programs /
    receiving funding from a venture capitalist well-known in the mining industry / Receiving regulatory certification and approval.

Challenge:

Size and structure of mining customers: For start-ups in the METS sector it can be challenging to find the right
contact person within a mining company with their sometimes convoluted structures of different departments, different sites and different responsibilities. Contact persons in head offices may not have an understanding of issues related to electrical compliance at mine sites.

Strategy:

  • Educating potential customers about the issues and problems they may be facing and what solutions can be provided – for example at conferences or during in-house presentations.
  • After initial contacts have been made, trying to stay ‘on the radar’ and build long-lasting relationships through ongoing personal contacts and showing presence at relevant industry events and conferences.

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Australia’s first combined electrical safety alert system set to save lives https://www.quicksafety.com.au/safety-alert-release/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/safety-alert-release/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 03:54:14 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7656 Four tradesmen were killed during the home insulation scheme. Electricians did not know to turn the power off when entering the attic, therefore endangering themselves. Then the infinity cable recall, this cost the industry over $300M worth of damage and there is still over 47% of the cable that has never been recovered. Every day...

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Four tradesmen were killed during the home insulation scheme. Electricians did not know to turn the power off when entering the attic, therefore endangering themselves. Then the infinity cable recall, this cost the industry over $300M worth of damage and there is still over 47% of the cable that has never been recovered. Every day electricians are working in environments that carry lethal dangers, they must know the dangers immediately. The safety alert system in Australia has been broken for years.

Quick Safety, which is an Electrical Inspection & Testing app (released in May 2019), has put an end to these dangers by announcing their industry innovation of a ‘combined electrical safety alert system’ that notifies electricians when 1 of the 23 Australian or New Zealand agencies announce a dangerous situation.

No longer will everyday electricians need to rely on their electrical contractor (employer) to pass on these alerts that are received 2nd hand via their employer.

Through the Quick Safety app there is a medium that we can connect with electricians, ensuring a direct communications pathway between the existing 23 local, state and federal agencies and the electricians on the ground around Australia and New Zealand.

Quick Safety takes all 23 channels across Australia and New Zealand, we filter and sort according to HIGH priorities and normal priorities. The HIGH priorities are pushed out to the app and it locks the screen instantly and ensures the electrician opens, reads, and acknowledges the alert before continuing with their work. At the same time a message is sent to them warning of the alert, this way Quick Safety captures everyone – those working and those not working. Low level alerts sit on the homepage of the app and electricians can catch up with the alerts at smoko or lunch. The employer can see their team have acknowledged the alert and all their staff in the field are protected and aware of the danger.

Quick Safety has now launched their FREE Safety Alert System for the protection of all 208,000+ electricians across Australia and New Zealand.

To help protect your team and protect yourself on the site, go to the app store and download the ‘QuickSafety’ app.

This app is completely free and is our gift to the industry.

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How to Stand Out to Your Commercial Customers https://www.quicksafety.com.au/stand-out-commercial-customers/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/stand-out-commercial-customers/#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 02:39:07 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7517 When you work as an electrician or electrical contractor in mining, commercial construction, or in related fields, compliance is absolutely necessary. Proper compliance requires a great deal of attention to detail across a team, as well as careful record keeping and proper task management. There is also a lot of competition for your corporate customers to choose...

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When you work as an electrician or electrical contractor in mining, commercial construction, or in related fields, compliance is absolutely necessary. Proper compliance requires a great deal of attention to detail across a team, as well as careful record keeping and proper task management.

There is also a lot of competition for your corporate customers to choose from. If you can stand out from the rest of the pack, you can get more clients, resulting in bigger and steadier income streams and more opportunities to improve your reputation and achieve business success.

Importance of Standing Out 

If you want to work with corporate or commercial customers, you need to set yourself apart. One way to do so is to make sure that you offer something different from the rest. This is where innovation comes in—offering innovation firsts in your products or services will allow you to attract more commercial clients. At first, the reason could simply be curiosity, but if you’re able to deliver something of value, you’ll be able to turn them into loyal customers.

Why Does Innovation Matter to Corporate Customers?  

While all customers within the electrical, mining, and construction industries should care about compliance with electrical codes and safety regulations, it’s the corporate customers that have the most to lose if compliance standards are not met.

Corporate clients can put both their workers and the public in danger if equipment and processes are not in compliance with current standards. For these businesses, making sure that jobs are compliant and done properly in the first place is incredibly important. As such, they are looking for ways to get task management and compliance done right.

What Innovation Possibilities Exist in this Industry?  

In industries that require strict adherence to electrical compliance and safety standards, traditional methods can involve having multiple people on-site, paper-based record keeping, and reliance on verbal communication between team members to ensure that all systems and processes are properly followed. While this may be the traditional way to do things, this also leaves room for miscommunication, allowing for costly errors.

If compliance and safety standards are not met, more accidents resulting from sub-par jobs can happen, leading to equipment damage, delay in work completion, and even injuries. And let’s not forget the hefty penalties and fines you’ll have to pay.

In this regard, having an effective task management tool that revolves around job planning and compliance is both innovative and functional. Having such a tool lets you hit two birds with one stone—you’re able to manage tasks more effectively and ensure you’re also meeting compliance requirements.

Of course, this innovation comes with several, more specific benefits. For example, such a tool can allow you to pre-plan jobs, allowing you and your team to better prepare and have an accurate work calendar. It can also make compliance in the electrical, mining, and construction industries easier, letting you lodge certificates of electrical compliance and keep the records for the required five years in Australia (seven in New Zealand). This is done digitally, which means you don’t have to deal with clutter, which brings its own set of benefits—another innovation that’s both interesting and functional.

The ability to manage compliance certificates and jobs can also be enhanced by leveraging the internet. Online connectivity and the ability to sync across all devices bring convenience in terms of communication and collaboration within the team. It also opens the door towards easier information access and sharing. By allowing members of your team to have access to the latest updates, you can help make sure they do their jobs with the right information at hand.

Of course, we shouldn’t be over reliant on the internet, so having offline capabilities is also a positive. Storing pertinent job and compliance details for later uploading once you’re within network range can prevent the loss of important information. This innovative product can also take care of the more technical aspects of electrical compliance, such as ensuring efficient inspections, testing, and electrical standard validation.

Case studies indicate that using these innovations can save companies $355 per month per electrician, simply by reducing inefficiencies and accidental errors. The legal protection offered by making sure that compliance is properly handled and records are maintained is also beneficial in terms of having a good business reputation and avoiding penalties.

The best part? We’re pleased to announce that an innovative platform that offers all the aforementioned benefits already exists—the QuickSafety app, the first of its kind in Queensland.

Let QuickSafety Help Today 

At QuickSafety, it is our goal to help our clients meet their task management and compliance goals through the use of innovation and technology. This is why we created our app with these in mind: efficiency, collaboration, task management, and compliance.

The QuickSafety app allows you to manage compliance, plan and schedule tasks, and boost in-team communication, information access, and collaboration through its set of digital features. It’s certainly an innovative tool, one that clients can use to ensure compliance and allows them to do a better job in general and accomplish more.

QuickSafety is now available for download via Google Play (for Android devices) and iTunes (for iOS devices). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. My team and I are more than happy to help.

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Why You Should Reduce Workplace Stress, and How You Can Do Just That https://www.quicksafety.com.au/why-reduce-workplace-stress/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/why-reduce-workplace-stress/#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 04:07:02 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7512 Whether you’re an employed tradesman or a business owner, stress is an everyday reality of the job. There’s always paperwork to file, jobs to complete, invoices to prepare, compliance tasks to complete—and the workload can seem endless! This is especially true for those in the electrical, mining, and construction industries. The good news is that...

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Whether you’re an employed tradesman or a business owner, stress is an everyday reality of the job. There’s always paperwork to file, jobs to complete, invoices to prepare, compliance tasks to complete—and the workload can seem endless!

This is especially true for those in the electrical, mining, and construction industries. The good news is that job stress is something you can successfully tackle, and I’ve got just the tips for you to make your working environment as stress-free as possible.

Why Reducing Workplace Stress is Important 

While we know there’s always going to be some stress in the workplace, too much pressure can be overwhelming and will negatively affect your performance.

What’s more, we know there’s compelling evidence to show that too much stress at work affects your mental health and general well-being. Construction workers, tradesmen, and contractors are especially at risk.

But aside from protecting your mental health, why else does removing workplace stress matter? Workplace stress means:

  • Workers don’t perform at their best
  • Jobs take longer, or they aren’t performed well
  • Failing to lodge important paperwork, such as compliance certificates, costs money or leads to unwanted penalties
  • Misplacing vital documents and invoices

Therefore, reducing workplace stress should be at the top of your agenda.Quality Collaboration

Steps to a Stress-free Workplace

So, if I’m recommending that you should find ways to deal with workplace stress, what steps can you take to make your working environment less chaotic and more productive? I’ve come up with a few helpful tips below.

Remove Clutter 

I know there’s nothing worse than paperwork lying everywhere. It’s overwhelming and makes everything seem much harder to do than it is. Using a wireless app or cloud-based storage platform lets you move your paperwork online and de-clutter your workspace. The reduction of piles of paperwork from your workplace not only results in a cleaner, more organised workspace, it can also lead to other benefits that can positively affect your efficiency and productivity.

Speedy Filing 

Failing to lodge compliance certificates can lead to costly financial penalties and sanctions. In fact, for single case fines, the failure to lodge certificates of electrical compliance can be as high as $5,000 in Australia and New Zealand while the inability to comply with Australian safety regulations may mean paying penalties of up to $550,000.

The added pressure for not meeting compliance standards will not only affect you mentally, it can also put a dent in your reputation as a business. This leads to more stress because, as managers and business owners, we always want our work to be of top quality and keep clients happy. Using a digital tool that lets you manage your compliance certificates promptly such as QuickSafety means you can instantly complete and lodge these important certificates before moving on to your next job.

Improve Job Management 

I know it can be difficult and really stressful to manage a busy workload and schedule. That’s why it’s a great idea to manage your jobs, schedules, and follow-up action all in one place. It’s even better if this is through a platform that lets you collaborate with the rest of your team and have instant access to the data you need anytime in just a few clicks.

This kind of efficiency and convenience is important to keep your business running like a well-oiled machine. This is something QuickSafety also offers for tradesmen and contractors in the mining, electrical, and construction industries. Aside from allowing you to meet AS/NZS 3000 standards, it also lets you conduct efficient inspections, testing, and electrical standard validation, making sure that the more technical aspects of your job and compliance tasks are taken care of well.

Improve Collaboration 

When your team works well together, jobs get completed quicker and to a much higher standard. Effective collaboration reduces the chance of miscommunication, time wasted repeating tasks, or duplicating work such as lodging unnecessary compliance certificates or redoing inspections.

Using a centralised wireless digital platform which you and your team can use to access updated data 24/7 regardless of whether you are within network range. Allowing you to manage tasks and schedules efficiently as well as syncs across all devices paves the way to effective collaboration. Our app lets you achieve just that, letting you manage and pre-plan jobs so you’re not caught off-guard and store data offline, if you have no reception, for uploading later when you’re back online.

Streamline Communication 

It’s not just collaboration that’s crucial to reducing workplace stress, communication plays a big role, too. It’s important that you know where your team is at any given time and the pertinent details they have or need to accomplish tasks so you know where they’re most needed. This makes delegation easier—knowing who is responsible for or should do certain tasks reduces confusion, leading to less stress.

Quick status updates and access to live information allows you to streamline your communication methods so that you can communicate with anyone within your team better. As we all know, miscommunication at the workplace can lead to confusion and more stress. As such, having a system or tool that lets you streamline communication, access information, and collaborate within your team will lead to more efficiency and reduce stress.

Let QuickSafety Help Today 

These key tips are useful for anyone who aims to reduce job-related stress, and we’re pleased to announce that QuickSafety can certainly help in this regard. Our app functions as a user-friendly tool designed to make task management and compliance much easier for your team. With your needs in mind, we designed QuickSafety to be an effective and efficient paperless digital platform for proper job and compliance management, so you can do your job much better.

If you want to remove stress from your job, the QuickSafety app is now download via Google Play (for Android devices) and iTunes (for iOS devices). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and my team.

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How One App Can Greatly Boost Collaboration Within the Team https://www.quicksafety.com.au/app-boost-collaboration/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/app-boost-collaboration/#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 02:16:04 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7503 Collaboration is an integral part of any business team’s success. Without it, tasks may take longer to finish, and inefficiency, confusion, and miscommunication might occur. The good news is, especially for those in the electrical, construction, and mining industries, our QuickSafety app can help boost collaboration within the team. Here we discuss how one app...

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Collaboration is an integral part of any business team’s success. Without it, tasks may take longer to finish, and inefficiency, confusion, and miscommunication might occur. The good news is, especially for those in the electrical, construction, and mining industries, our QuickSafety app can help boost collaboration within the team.

Here we discuss how one app can effectively increase collaboration, and the resulting advantages of this achievement.

Coordinated Collaboration and Competitiveness

In the electrical, mining, and construction industries, efficiency and clear communication set industry leaders apart from the rest of the pack. It is particularly important for those working in trades and other specialised professions to be able to share their knowledge in order to facilitate larger projects.

Whether as part of a crew or as multi-disciplinary partners working in tandem, electricians, contractors, and other tradespeople rely on fellow team members to do their respective duties.

A stellar team is armed with the capability to quickly validate information, ensure that standards are met, and relay necessary instructions and alerts to team members with minimal downtime. The group works like the proverbial well-oiled machine with all working parts in harmony. Queries can be answered in a timely fashion, without needing to look for reference materials and certificates. Updates can be uploaded in real-time so that upcoming phases can run seamlessly.

When team members have what they need at their fingertips whenever they need it, what the client sees is a proficient, well-organised, knowledgeable team of professionals who can do the best job in the optimal time. And when there’s ready access to information and regular communication, true collaboration can be achieved, resulting in a host of other benefits.

Quality Collaboration

At QuickSafety, we set out to streamline many of the essential—but often tedious and time-consuming—administrative and information management tasks to enable tradespeople and related businesses to focus time and efforts on their projects and not get bogged down in paperwork and miscommunication.

Ideally, teams should be able to pre-plan jobs and manage project tasks, so everyone is where they need to be, synchronised, and prepared to carry out project phases smoothly and efficiently. If certificates and other reference documents are accessible and can be updated or validated 24/7, users can always stay on—and work from—the same page.

A tool that can integrate with existing business management systems would give users a head start, instead of having to spend time on training. If it automatically syncs across the users’ devices, instantaneous communication can occur without having to worry about catching up with updates. Since network ranges are limited, the ability to store data offline is important as this allows team members to keep information and conveniently upload it when they are back online, enabling the rest of the team to access data when needed. Finally, in today’s tech-savvy world, companies are switching to electronic repositories for project documents and digital tools to take care of task management.

QuickSafety handles all of this, and more.

Cinching Compliance

Filing compliance certificates and other statutory requirements is an important component of the job for a number of trades. Without the proper sign-off and confirmation of regulatory compliance, a business or a professional is not only at risk of legal liability and sanctions, but may also compromise contingent project phases and timelines. Plus, ensuring safety is always key—accomplishing compliance tasks and meeting safety standards should always be a goal. The inability to do so not only affects the quality of work but also your reputation.

It is important for me to have a system that allows users to file all necessary compliance documents and provide a safe, orderly place to store and archive certificates for whatever duration the industry legislation requires (five years in Australia, seven in New Zealand). Electricians, for example, could be assured that they are meeting AS/NZS 3000 Standards and within the time limits, since QuickSafety sends alerts when requirements have not been met.

Take a closer look at what the QuickSafety app—available on iTunes for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices—can do for you. Sign up with QuickSafety now and boost your business’ collaborative capabilities.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. My team, and I, always look forward to hearing from you.

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How the Mining Industry Can Be More Proactive with QuickSafety https://www.quicksafety.com.au/mining-industry-more-proactive/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/mining-industry-more-proactive/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 06:06:48 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7463 In the mining and construction industries, you need two attributes to succeed: a proactive attitude to your business and efficient working habits. If you work in the mining or construction sectors, you’ll already know how important it is to be proactive when it comes to finding and completing jobs. My question to you now is, are you handling...

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In the mining and construction industries, you need two attributes to succeed: a proactive attitude to your business and efficient working habits. If you work in the mining or construction sectors, you’ll already know how important it is to be proactive when it comes to finding and completing jobs. My question to you now is, are you handling your paperwork and task management efficiently?

Here’s why I believe that a smart, paperless, connected, and integrated filing and task management system is the proactive solution to making your job easier, and why it helps you keep on top of your all-important compliance jobs.

Why Being Proactive Matters

Being proactive means actively seeking out opportunities to work faster and smarter. The Australian mining industry’s growing again at an impressive rate, and working efficiently is crucial for workers and employers tapping into this increasing demand. However, common pitfalls such as idleness, disorganisation, procrastination, and inefficiency will hold you back from having the proactive mindset you need to succeed.

This point is emphasised further when we talk about proper filing of compliance certificates. Being proactive in this regard also means being able to avoid late or the non-filing of your compliance certificates, which we all know can result in hefty penalties and even a revoked license.

Getting Proactive 

The good news is that there are a few things you can do to manage your electrical mining tasks and compliance more effectively. The better news is that you can start getting proactive right now through the use of our app: QuickSafety. For those in the mining industry, it allows you to manage your tasks and compliance certificates and be proactive through the following key features.

Real-Time Data Access

Seeing real-time data from electricians out on the field makes it easier to manage jobs and prioritise follow-ups. Since the information you need is readily accessible to you with just a few clicks, you can devise more proactive steps to improve a task or even solve a potential issue even before it arises. From circuit testing to compliance standard verification, seeing everything unfolding in real-time is critical to working proactively across multiple job sites.

Job Planning

Once you see data uploaded and refreshed in real-time, you can better manage your calendar and work schedule. Proper work management makes it easier to plan where you need to be, or where your contractors need to be, in advance. And, since working in mining can be time-consuming and sometimes leads to unexpected delays, the ability to pre-plan jobs is made more important. This is something QuickSafety offers, allowing you to have a clearer idea of what should be done, what you should prepare for, or if you need to make adjustments.

Putting a Premium on Communication

Communication within the team is important regardless of the business or industry you’re in. This is another area where QuickSafety can really contribute. Though the app, relevant data is made available anytime for all team members. And, through its auto-sync feature, you can be sure everyone can access up-to-date, live information, reducing the risk of miscommunication and inaccurate reporting. This makes it easier to liaise with mining contractors, supervisors, and electricians working in mining.

Having the right and latest information makes it easier for you and your team to be proactive, whether it be in delivering quality services or addressing compliance needs.

An Organised Workspace

It’s hard to be efficient and proactive if your workspace is full of clutter and messy paperwork. Since QuickSafety is all about going paperless, you’ll have a more organised workspace leading to a more positive state of mind at work. Reducing clutter helps you focus more on process improvements, growing your business, and being proactive.

Meeting Compliance Needs

I know how important it is to uphold compliance regulations, especially when it comes to completing and filing certificates of electrical compliance. Electricians and electrical contractors working in the mining industry can now complete, file, and lodge these certificates online in seconds, letting you get on with the next stages of the job without worrying about the financial or legal penalties for non-compliance.

Everything is done seamlessly and in seconds. And, even if you’re in a location with no network access, information is stored and uploaded the next time you’re online. What does this mean in terms of being proactive? Well, you really can’t be proactive if you encounter bottlenecks or delays in completing compliance certificates. Since QuickSafety improves the process and gives you the ability to input information in advance, you can focus on being proactive and accomplishing more tasks ahead of time.

Let QuickSafety Help You Today

My team designed QuickSafety to help you work better and make sure you’re on top of your compliance tasks. It helps users efficiently manage different tasks, from compliance filing to task allocation, and it makes job scheduling easier than ever before. We aim to help you and your team achieve more efficiency and be more proactive—two things that can definitely take your business to the next level.

Let the QuickSafety app work for you, whether you’re a mining manager or a tradesman. It is now available for download via Google Play (for Android devices) and iTunes (for iOS devices). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we’ll be more than willing to answer your queries.

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The Benefits Added Job Efficiency Can Bring https://www.quicksafety.com.au/job-efficiency-benefits-tips/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/job-efficiency-benefits-tips/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2019 02:20:28 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7459 If you want to make the most out of your profession as a licensed electrician or electrical contractor, you must be able to effectively complete as much work as possible in the shortest time frame. This is an important point since research shows that those in the electrical industry are in high demand in Australia. This...

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If you want to make the most out of your profession as a licensed electrician or electrical contractor, you must be able to effectively complete as much work as possible in the shortest time frame. This is an important point since research shows that those in the electrical industry are in high demand in Australia.

This demand is certainly great news for electricians and electrical contractors looking to take their business to the next level, but only if they know how to make the most of their time.

So, what’s the key here? Efficiency. You probably think that you’re already working quite efficiently, but are you really making efficiency a priority? Below, we discuss why boosting efficiency makes your job easier, and why it should be at the top of your must-have list.

Why Efficiency is Key

Working efficiently means cutting back on wasted time, energy, and resources. It means finding the most effective way to complete a task—be it logging jobs or filing compliance certificates—and making the workday work for you.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by paperwork, cramped job schedules, loads of client details, and other administrative tasks. That’s why finding ways to boost your work efficiency has so many advantages you don’t want to miss out on, such as the ones below.

Advantages of Added Job Efficiency

Job efficiency, especially in terms of reduced paperwork and admin time, should be a priority for every tradesman who wants to keep their business operating smoothly and profitable.

Improved Job Performance

Reducing the time spent filing mandatory compliance certificates means you can maximise the time spent on the job itself. More time spent focused on the job means you’re more productive and less likely to make errors. Efficiency in terms of finishing admin and compliance tasks also results in more time for you to not only finish client jobs, but to also focus on more training and learning and growing your business.

Client Satisfaction

Since working more efficiently improves your job performance, clients are also far more likely to be satisfied with your work. Happy clients lead to positive feedback, great reviews, and referrals—opportunities that will lead you to more jobs and, therefore, a more secure financial future.

Reduced Errors

When you’re working inefficiently, you’re more likely to make mistakes or overlook something critical. For electricians and electrical contractors, this might mean failing to properly lodge compliance certificates, which will lead to penalties of up to $550,000. This goes beyond that—even your reputation may be affected negatively, resulting in less clients in the long run. However, if you’re working efficiently, you’re able to both finish tasks on time and the right way. And by that we mean you’re able to lessen mistakes, leading to more satisfied clients and avoidance of the negative effects of the errors you might otherwise make if you’re working inefficiently.

Better Schedule Management

It’s easy to book in too many jobs too close together or lose vital job details when you’re running an inefficient system. Having a streamlined and efficient way to log jobs and client details in advance means you can allocate each task the time it deserves without compromising quality. In other words, efficiency allows you to plan and manage your schedule better, helping you delegate your time and energy wisely and prioritise tasks more effectively.

Meeting Your Compliance and Efficiency Needs

In this day and age of mobile innovation and online connectivity, digital tools that are able to help us gain added efficiency are available. For those in the electrical, mining, and constructions fields, one such app exists: QuickSafety.

Built with compliance in mind, QuickSafety ensures you’re on top of all your compliance certificate tasks. It has the necessary features to do so, such as:

  • Fast and easy compliance lodging
  • Secure storage for up to the required five years (seven years in New Zealand)
  • 24/7 access whenever you’re within network range
  • Works offline—stores data and uploads it once you have online connectivity

Aside from making compliance easier, QuickSafety also helps you manage your job better in general. It allows you to pre-plan jobs so you’re able to manage your schedule better and syncs across all devices in your team, so all team members and admin are up-to-date when it comes to information and job requirements. It also allows for efficient inspections, testing, and electrical standard validation, making sure that the more technical aspects of your job and compliance are also given adequate attention.

All this is done while minimising paperwork and clutter in your workspace, which has its own set of advantages.

If what you just read resonates with your current needs or if you’re simply looking for more information about our app, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or my team.

The QuickSafety app is now available on Google Play (Android devices) and iTunes (iOS devices) for download.

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Key Ways to Guarantee Better and Faster Filing of Compliance Certificates https://www.quicksafety.com.au/faster-filing-compliance-certificates/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/faster-filing-compliance-certificates/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:48:54 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7437 Licensed electricians and electrical contractors are in demand all across Australia, and so, as an electrician or contractor, your time is precious. Still, as with all regulated industries, you have strict responsibilities, including the lodging of completed certificates of compliance after each job is done. When there are only so many hours in a day, and you need...

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Licensed electricians and electrical contractors are in demand all across Australia, and so, as an electrician or contractor, your time is precious. Still, as with all regulated industries, you have strict responsibilities, including the lodging of completed certificates of compliance after each job is done. When there are only so many hours in a day, and you need to make the most of every second, how do you get through your filing requirements more quickly and with greater efficiency?

Below I’ve listed some of my favourite ideas that are bound to help you comply with your regulatory requirements faster and with more efficiency, so you can get on with your day in a fully compliant, effective manner.

Must I File Certificates of Electrical Compliance? 

Yes, you must. Licensed electricians and contractors who work in Australia must file a certificate of compliance every time they complete a job. It’s the crucial last step in your sign-off process. A failure to file compliance certificates can cost an electrician up to $550,000 in fines and penalties.

What’s more, you need to hold onto these certificates for at least five years (seven in New Zealand) or you risk financial penalties. Professional tradesmen and commercial companies working across a range of industries, including mining and construction, are similarly affected.

If filing compliance certificates is mandatory, how do you make this administrative process as quick and painless as possible?

Time Management

Keeping on top of your schedule makes it easier to tackle your compliance filing. Make sure you know exactly what jobs you’re on each day and set aside time at the end of each one to tick off your filing requirements. Don’t let your filing build up to the end of the day—you’re more likely to unknowingly neglect it this way, or you might even miss the odd certificate if you’re tired and in a rush.

Get Organised

Make sure you’ve got all the details you need to complete your certificates quickly and painlessly, including a note of the work you’ve undertaken and the customer’s personal details. The less you need to hunt around for details, the quicker you can get your filing done. Being organised also allows you to determine faster what you need to do, the details and things you need, and what to prepare for.

Prepare in Advance

Think about the jobs you’re doing before you get there. Fill in whatever details you can before you start the work and set yourself reminders to complete the certificates. Most importantly, don’t move on to the next job until you’ve completely signed off on the previous one. This turns your full focus to the next job and lets you mentally prepare the proper way.

Use Digital Tools 

With the importance of filing compliance certificates and the potential stress and headache that comes along with it, it makes perfect sense to use technology to make sure you’re up to the task.

You could opt for digital work management tools to help you organise and plan your tasks the right way. The good news is, when it comes to compliance, we’ve got such a tool in mind, one that helps you achieve the aforementioned things while making sure that you’re on top of your compliance certificates tasks: QuickSafety.

QuickSafety is an app that helps you file and lodge your certificates with ease and store them securely for the required number of years without having to deal with loads of paperwork. This helps you reduce clutter, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of an organised workspace.

We developed the app with your convenience, work efficiency, ease-of-use, and innovation in mind. This is why we made sure that it has features such as offline capability (it stores data which you can later upload when you’re within network range), 24/7 access for you and your team, and instant compliance lodging. It also syncs across different devices so all team members have all the needed details and lets you pre-plan jobs and log work progress and completion for better work management and work status visibility.

Last but not the least, QuickSafety allows for easy and organised inspections and testing, allowing you to input and validate test results to make sure that the work done is safe and complies with current standards.

So, if you want to accomplish all your compliance tasks without any problems and put more efficiency and better management into your work, we at QuickSafety can definitely help. You can download our app now via Google Play (for Android devices) and iTunes (for iOS devices). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us; we’re more than willing to help you out.

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ECRi Hub Success Stories https://www.quicksafety.com.au/ecri-hub-success-stories/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/ecri-hub-success-stories/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:56:49 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7768 The post ECRi Hub Success Stories appeared first on QuickSafety.

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THE PRODUCT:

Having worked in the electrical industry, both internationally and locally, over the last 38 years, QuickSafety’s Kurt Alexander, certainly has witnessed worst and best practice. Ensuring businesses and homes comply with electrical standards can sometimes be the difference between life or death, and QuickSafety recognised that simplifying and streamlining reporting and assessment processes would have a huge impact on the industry.

QuickSafety identified an opportunity to improve electrical testing practices and compliance with the Australian and NZ standard, AS/NZS3000, reducing the risk associated with undetected faulty wiring. Development of their system followed the identification of some risks and challenges within the industry including inaccurate testing calculations being conducted onsite, tests not being undertaken or fully completed and critical information about product and safety warnings not reaching electricians in a timely manner.

 THE CHALLENGE:

The system evolved to manage and record compliance of all circuits against AS/NZS3000, replacing cumbersome paper-based reporting with an all-in-one management system giving instant validation of testing which is also easy to understand by those who aren’t electricians. The system also addresses issues associated with storing and gaining access to reports and results ensuring access to information is maintained for up to 7 years.

A main benefit the system overcomes is the aggregation and dissemination of safety alerts, product recalls and other information direct to end users to improve information flow. The system aggregates and provides real-time alerts, messages and critical information sourced from various agencies and organisations, including the ACCC. Having such a system may have identified problems associated with the roof batt products used in the home insulation scheme.

THE SOLUTION:

QuickSafety is an AS/NZS3000-certified electrical inspection and testing compliance system made up of an App interface (for use on smart phones and tablets) and a web portal that interacts for online and offline use of the system. The solution addresses identified challenges:

  • Convenience of having an app that can be accessed on site, via phones or tablets
  • Calculations are embedded within the app, preventing errors
  • Compliance-driven workflow results in tests not being left uncompleted or skipped
  • Data is retained within the system for required regulatory periods, reducing risk and liability for contractors
  • Ability to receive real-time, targeted alerts, information and data

 ECRi HUB SUPPORT:

QuickSafety worked through the first stage of the program with mentoring from GHD, gaining an independent, commercial assessment that there is a substantial market opportunity for QuickSafety system.

Stage two’s tailored, one-on-one program would guide QuickSafety through the commercialisation process, including developing a strategic market plan and investment attraction strategy.

THE FUTURE:

As an end user, this high-value application facilitates complete testing and maintains compliance with a lot less effort, enhancing safety outcomes for workers and stakeholders. QuickSafety are working to generate brand awareness for its system as very few target customers are aware of its significant value and benefits.

Quote from CEO about ECRi Hub and next steps

Alexander said “having benefited in the past from funding and grant programs, the ECRi Hubs program has been fantastic. We have had direct access to dedicated, industry professionals with honest opinions and a level of expertise that has proven invaluable.

The GHD team and the Queensland State Government have a genuine interest in our system. They have actively engaged with us in providing honest assessments, feedback and guidance in relation to what needs to be done to take our product and business to the next stage.”

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How QuickSafety Can Help You Do Your Job Better, Faster https://www.quicksafety.com.au/quicksafety-help-job-better/ https://www.quicksafety.com.au/quicksafety-help-job-better/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 13:59:17 +0000 https://www.quicksafety.com.au/?p=7428 If you’re a licensed electrician or electrical contractor working in Australia, you’ll know how important it is to not only complete your jobs to a high standard, but to keep on top of your filing—especially in terms of those all-important certificates of electrical compliance. Fortunately, QuickSafety offers a solution here. To gain a better understanding...

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If you’re a licensed electrician or electrical contractor working in Australia, you’ll know how important it is to not only complete your jobs to a high standard, but to keep on top of your filing—especially in terms of those all-important certificates of electrical compliance.

Fortunately, QuickSafety offers a solution here. To gain a better understanding of what our app offers, let’s take a closer look and learn more about its features that will help you do your job better, faster.

Why Electricians and Contractors Need a Convenient, Paperless Filing System

The filing of certificates of electrical compliance is an essential part of the signing off process for electrical work across Australia. However, it’s easy for this critical step to be overlooked when we’re busy working across multiple jobs. Remember that these certificates ensure that the work done is up to current safety standards, which means they shouldn’t be ignored.

So what’s the problem with lost compliance paperwork or failure to comply with Australian safety regulations? Well, it’s illegal, and it can cost electricians up to $550,000.

It’s not just electricians and electrical contractors who are affected. Professional tradesmen working across the construction and mining industries can be affected, too. With all these filing regulations comes another problem—keeping your paperwork organised and secure. Electricians are required by law to hold onto compliance certificates for at least five years (or seven in New Zealand), and failure to do so can result in additional penalties.

This is why it’s so important to have a paperless, convenient system through which to keep track of all your compliance certificates and the work you’ve undertaken.

How QuickSafety Can Help

The QuickSafety app is developed with electricians and electrical contractors and the problems they’re facing in mind, especially those related to compliance filing.

Using complex filing tools and working across multiple platforms costs businesses time and money. Our app lets you log and complete jobs with just a few clicks, helping you move from one task to the next seamlessly and efficiently.

The QuickSafety App: Key Features

The QuickSafety app boasts many impressive advantages over traditional filing and job management tools. QuickSafety will not only help ensure you file your compliance certificates on time but will also make your job easier in other aspects.

  • No training required: QuickSafety integrates with your existing business management systems so you don’t need to spend more time installing new software or training your team to use a new system.
  • Syncs across devices: QuickSafety syncs automatically across devices, bringing you up-to-date information and data. This eliminates the need to spend time and energy in manual info gathering across your team.
  • 24/7 access: Access your certificates remotely and at any time of day. Instantly update jobs so that your team can see the most recent and most precise information available.
  • Inspections and testing: QuickSafety enables users to input test results and the app validates these results to current standards to ensure that the work done is safe and compliant to the standards.
  • Instant lodging and paperless management: Lodge your certificates instantly. You also won’t have to deal with loads of paperwork, so you can keep your workspace free from clutter, which has a host of benefits.
  • Pre-plan jobs: Schedule jobs in advance so you know exactly what you need, where you’re going to be, and when you’re going to be there. Upload your certificates in real-time to ensure there are no potentially risky delays. As with any job, proper planning results in more efficiency, preparedness, and faster completion of work.

Me and my team created QuickSafety to help you do your job easier, faster and safer, especially when it comes to compliance. We know the value of efficiency, proper time management, and making sure that the job meets the proper standards—things that our app will help you achieve. Not only does QuickSafety remove the hassle of manually filing certificates of compliance, it will also helps you manage your and your team’s tasks better, resulting in more efficiency and productivity.

If you want to know more about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

QuickSafety is now available for download via Google Play (for Android devices) and iTunes (for iOS devices).

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