Quality Assurance and Quality Control Part 2
In Part 1 of this two-part article, we provided an overview of quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC). In the second half we will discuss 5 specific ways you can improve quality control for your construction project. As the construction market grows and competition increases, it’s vital that your project is completed as efficiently and safely as possible. With increasing possibility of construction defects which lead to defect claims, it is in your best interest to know about some of the best practices in quality control.
Prevention is Key
Reputation is top priority in the construction industry. The awareness of quality control throughout your project means that you are proactive in the prevention of arbitration and litigation. What steps are you taking to ensure your project is in compliance? We’ll briefly discuss 5 best practices of quality control that’ll save valuable time and resources in the long-run.
1. Pre-Construction Site Assessments
Pre-site assessments are performed prior to construction work to gain knowledge about the project site and collect vital information. Observations made and information collected are used for decision-making for the entire project.
2. Materials Acceptance
All construction materials should be qualified for use and documented. This involves proper testing, storage, packaging, specifications, and the list goes on. A finished product is a reflection of quality materials.
To assure safety and compliance throughout the entire construction process, proper approvals, verifications, certifications, and permits are required before work is started on the construction site.
4. Change Orders
Change orders alter the contract; it’s important to document every change and to make sure that all changes are agreed upon. A Clearwater construction lawyer skilled in all aspects of contract review and drafting can assist you with your contract preparation needs.
Regular quality assurance inspections should be conducted by quality managers and contractors of the project to verify that compliance is met according to the QA/QC plan set forth at the project’s commencement. Separately, independent inspectors look out for the best interest of both contractors and owners as they assess the site for quality and safety and report them to appropriate parties.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.