All concrete, timber and (most importantly for us) steel framed buildings have to be CE Marked by July 2014. It will be illegal to market these buildings after this time without the necessary systems in place.
The frame manufacturer should therefore design the building to the appropriate standard and have a production quality control system compliant to the correct European code.
The design and fabrication systems must be checked by a Notified Body and these systems audited annually to ensure that standards are maintained.
I am sure that those of you who this applies to are only too aware of the well publicised requirements and their implications to the steel framed building industry.
“So, what is required of galvanizers”? I hear you ask. In truth, we have a much less onerous set of criteria when compared to fabricators. To claim to be CE Marking compliant, galvanizers must comply with the following checklist:
Galvanizers Association member.
- ISO 9001:2008 compliant.
- Galvanize to BS EN 1461 (2009).
- Log the galvanizing bath’s content and maintain levels within specified limits.
- Carry out post galvanizing inspections and report adverse results to clients.
- Maintain traceability and ensure steelwork is labelled through the process.
- Ensure that the process does not alter the steels’ reaction to fire, the radioactivity of the steel or its release of dangerous substances.
- Keep records for ten years.
And before you ask, both Hereford and Shropshire Galvanizers comply with all points in the checklist already.