In November 2021, Sturdie achieved a major milestone with the formal approval and certification of two important ISO international standards:
- ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems
- ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems
When we started out as a business in 2006, two key principles underpinned our vision: providing an exceptional standard of work, and looking after the safety and wellbeing of our people – including staff, contractors and industry partners.
These valuable, and hard-earned ISO achievements recognise the effort the entire Sturdie team has put in over the years to establish the best systems possible to achieve these aims, and we’re incredibly proud to have those efforts acknowledged.
But it’s not just about our business. The two ISOs, give our clients and our staff the added assurance and peace-of-mind that we deliver world’s best practice in quality and safety, not only today, but through a process of continual improvement.
Our COO, Ian Whale, was the chief navigator in our certification process, and his exceptional talent and tireless drive, combined with the outstanding assistance from the Sturdie staff, were fundamental in getting us across the line.
Supporting mental safety as part of our OH&S commitment
We’ve long recognised that safety is not confined to physical wellbeing. It must also extend to mental and emotional wellbeing. As part of our commitment to providing the best in OH&S, we brought in the experts from ‘Mates in Construction’ – a leading Australian mental health organisation focused on the needs of those in the trade industries.
As well as providing information sessions and general guidance, Mates in Construction also upskilled a number of key Sturdie staff members in the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) program.
The course trained employees to become ASIST-certified caregivers – providing them with skills enabling them to effectively listen to a colleague’s concerns around suicide or self-harm, respond to them appropriately by making them ‘safe’, guiding the development of a ‘safe plan’, and connecting the colleague to the best available help and support.
We hope that none of our team ever need this support, but we know that lives are complex and, as a company, we will always do whatever we can to help improve a colleague’s safety and mental wellbeing.