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Process Improvement

The Golden Thread of Information: An Essential Guide for Effective Building Safety Management

Written By: Ray Waldron
January 30, 2024
4 min read

For construction professionals, safety remains an utmost priority within the industry. The safety of workers onsite during the construction phase and the ongoing safety of future occupants once the building is occupied are two sides of the same coin. In our recent eBook on the new Golden Thread law in the UK, we explore why it’s imperative that safety measures should not be an afterthought, but rather an intrinsic part of a construction company’s culture, beginning right from the planning phase.

A defining moment in the construction industry was the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. The tragedy sparked a new vision and led to a fresh approach in construction site safety known as the "Golden Thread." This strategy is a comprehensive information system that centralizes all the essential safety information, thereby ensuring all involved parties in a building project have continuous access to these critical details. This helps prevent future calamities and serves as a roadmap to safety management.

The Golden Thread was officially enacted into law by the Building Safety Act in 2022. With its enforcement, construction firms are now faced with a radically different planning and preparation landscape for large-scale projects. This blog post will delve into the considerations of the Golden Thread, its effect on future construction planning, and how Quickbase, a tool for dynamic work management, assists construction companies in attaining their safety goals.

The Golden Thread Explained

The Golden Thread, set forth by the UK’s Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC), is a complete body of information that facilitates comprehension of a building’s safety measures. It outlines the procedures necessary to uphold safety standards for the present as well as the future. The concept of the Golden Thread comprises ten principles and incorporates three ‘gateways’ or planning phases to ensure comprehensive adherence to safety regulations.

The stringent new regulations present a considerable challenge for construction companies due to the massive volume of data that needs to be painstakingly organized to ensure project approval. Any misalignment or fragmentation of data can result in incomplete planning, inaccurate safety information, and ultimately, rejection of projects. This necessitates a departure from single-use point solutions towards systems that provide a holistic view of all information.

Transformation of Building Management With Quickbase

Dynamic Work Management, a new approach towards workflows that is complex and multi-stakeholder, utilizing automation and no-code tools, emerges as an effective solution to the issue of data fragmentation. Quickbase is a vital component of this system, offering a centralized platform for data entry and job status reports, and ensuring compliance with privacy regulations. The tool streamlines incident reporting and automatically ensures compliance with building codes and regulations.

Quickbase’s Dynamic Work Management platform for construction facilitates effortless tracking of compliance with regulations like the Building Safety Act. During the gateway phases of planning, it provides instant visibility of the data and information required to build the plan. Workflow automation provides a clear view of the steps needed to complete each task in a job, transforming the daunting process of complying with new regulations into a well-coordinated operation.

The adoption of the Building Safety Act and Golden Thread principles necessitates that construction companies adjust their strategies for effective compliance with building safety standards. The Dynamic Work Management approach offers a resolution for aligning teams, data, and systems to ensure compliance and effective planning.

In the intricate world of construction and building management safety, fragmented data is a formidable barrier. By adopting Dynamic Work Management, companies can synchronize all systems and data, ensuring that building safety is a primary focus and that projects are planned efficiently.

By leveraging Quickbase's Dynamic Work Management platform, construction companies can navigate the Golden Thread with confidence and ease. By laying a strong foundation for safety management, construction companies can look forward to a future where tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire are a thing of the past. Read through our eBook on the implications of the Golden Thread to learn how to guarantee compliance and foster a culture of safety and excellence in the construction industry.

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Written By: Ray Waldron

Ray Waldron is an Associate Content Marketing Manager at Quickbase.