As of the 1st of July 2014 it will become mandatory for all fabricated steelwork to be CE Marked.
The standard that covers CE Marking of structural steelwork is BS EN 1090-1. This standard was published in 2009 and will shortly become mandatory in most European Countries including the UK. In July of this year we have already seen the introduction of CE marking for steelwork contractors. This cover’s all essential products, such as steel sections, structural bolting assemblies and welding consumables etc.
The new standard being brought in has various levels. Consequence Classes are designed to categorize building types according to their risk level and purpose. From these classes are Execution Classes for manufacturers to work to depending on the production methods required and the building type.
In order to keep up with the new regulations, we as manufacturers will have to fulfil various requirements, for example putting in place a more thorough and detailed Factory Production Control System as well as providing a Welding Coordinator. In order to be able to CE mark if required, we feel that it is important we work towards BS EN 1090-1 accreditation. This will allow us to ensure we keep ahead of our competitors, as well as allowing us to continue to provide a high quality service to our clients.
As a ISO 9001 registered company, we do already have a good understanding of the importance of quality checks and ensuring a successful system is in place to continually meet our clients needs. As a result, the BS EN 1090-1 is natural progression for RHW Engineering to take.