AppCon, a register tracking the health and safety systems of
contractors involved in the Christchurch rebuild, is gaining a
AppCon is a register of contractors who have undertaken a
pre-qualification process looking specifically at health and safety
systems to enable principals, project management offices (PMOs) and
head contractors to select an appropriate contractor for the
It is an innovation of the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum,
which was set up after September 2010 to try and ensure the
continuing safety of all involved in the rebuild process. It
comprises the five main construction contractors - CERA; SCIRT;
ACC; and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
AppCon gives contractors an independent rating with respect to
different health and safety issues according to a traffic light
Green light – the contractor has quality health and
Orange light – the contractor's health and safety
systems need some work.
Red light – health and safety systems are not in
The AppCon register is a useful tool in establishing the
suitability of a contractor for accreditation. MBIE supports the
initiative and many other PMOs have committed to using the register
as part of their contractor accreditation process. The initial
success of AppCon has led PMOs to make it compulsory for
Christchurch contractors to enter the register.
Further, AppCon have launched a secondary tier in the register,
allowing contractors to monitor the performance of their own
subcontractors. This will assist contractors in selecting the right
sub-contractors for the job.
From an industry perspective, the usefulness of AppCon to the
industry is that contractors have to provide actual evidence of
health and safety procedures rather than simply "ticking the
box." AppCon has worked well as a pre-qualification tool and
it is capable of being used to assess the ongoing health and safety
performance and transparency of contractors. It looks likely that
it will be rolled out nationally by some major construction
We recommend that Principals and PMOs should have a policy which
sets out how the register is to be used internally. For example,
only engaging contractors which have achieved green lights for all
aspects of their health and safety systems. Or if a contractor who
has an orange light is approved for work, then additional
monitoring steps are to be taken.
Further steps beyond the AppCon register will still be required
by Principals and PMOs to determine whether a contractor has the
relevant experience, expertise and technical capabilities to
undertake the work.
Provided that it is used in conjunction with robust internal
processes to meet the requirements set out above, AppCon will be an
increasingly useful tool for Principals and PMOs.
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