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RIDBA MARKS OUT RESPONSIBLE WELDERS
 
Courses to ensure welders are already working to CE Marking standards are being run by RIDBA.

Steel frame manufacturers and contractors who are members of RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) are getting exclusive help welding their agricultural buildings to the imminent new CE Marking standards.

One of the requirements of CE Marking, which becomes compulsory in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation and BS EN 1090 next July, is that all welding must be controlled by a competent Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC).

So as well as giving its members help with designing and loading steel frames, RIDBA launched a two-day RWC course to train members' employees to carry out the RWC  role and to date more than 50 candidates have been through the system.

Marcus Minshall, of Shropshire-based design and build contractor Minshall Construction, is one of those. Already coded to BS EN 287, he is responsible for supervising the company's team of more than a dozen welders. He has now almost completed the task of implementing what he learnt on the course so that Mick Hurt, the CSWIP-qualified tutor, can confirm he is a competent RWC.

“There was a lot of new information to take in, much of which was quite technical, but we are confident that Mick Hurt will be happy with the systems we have been  fine-tuning to constantly check we are adhering to the new procedures,” he said.

“I have a good group of guys here who are all focussed and conscientious and they have appreciated that a paperwork trail is required for CE Marking and that any company that isn't CE Marking by next July will not legally be able to sell their frames. 

“In the meantime, our RWC accreditation means our customers are even more assured of a quality job. It keeps us at the forefront of our industry.”

ENDS


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