Quality Assurance

Top Safety Accreditation awarded to Topp & Co.

Topp & Co. has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Topp & Co. has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

EN 1090 Accreditation

Topp & Co. are CE approved for the supply of fabricated steel work up to execution class 2 for structural steel staircases, balustrades and handrails. we are now fully accredited to BS EN 1090-1 – Execution Class 2. This is European Legislation requiring CE Marking of structural steelwork that came into force from July 2014. We have now successfully completed the assessment processes required to achieve this important accreditation.

The aim of BS EN 1090 is to ensure that clients, main contractors and architects are given the confidence throughout the supply chain of steel construction right from the manufacture of the steel sections, to the fabrication and installation on site.

From back in July 2014 architects and main contractors should be ensuring that any blacksmith / steel fabrication contractors they employ have the correct CE marking and Execution Class for the project under construction. Insurance companies are also starting to demand that subcontracted work is issued to companies that hold this qualification.

In order to get this certification, Topp and Co has completely satisfied very stringent requirements of the standard regarding the traceability of all materials used in the fabrication and that approved welding standards are met. Jerome Peycher,  Director at Topp & Co, explains: “This certification is the result of excellent teamwork and months of hard work, it reinforces our belief that the services we offer are of the highest quality and attaining this accreditation gives confidence to clients that we have the systems in place should our clients request evidence that we are working to conform to the scope of EN1090. All the relevant information will be in the project file and available at the click of a button”.

Under BS EN 1090, a Factory Production Control (FPC) needs to be implemented, covering welding consumables, welding equipment, materials provided by approved suppliers, ensuring traceability of every component from source through the fabrication process and to final delivery to site. Implementing such a wide ranging process can be time consuming and requires the workforce to be trained to ensure all the relevant information is properly recorded and maintained.

In passing the assessment, We have proven we have all the required attributes to apply the CE mark to our steel fabrications. Clearly in some cases, with all the different coatings and paints that can be applied to a finished item, it may not be practical to stamp or affix the CE mark onto the steel. However, every finished project will leave our workshop with all the relevant documents which relate to the CE conformity included. In this way, both Topp & Co and the client are able to demonstrate that the regulations, as defined under BS EN 1090, have been complied with.

We have already seen an increase in demand from both new and existing customers requesting confirmation that their work is covered by the CE Mark. A number of small to medium sized fabrication and blacksmiths companies have chosen not to invest their time and money into gaining the certification, which means that it could be unlawful for them to supply & manufacture fabricated steelwork as defined under BS EN 1090. This legislation was introduced in 2014 and is being enforced by the Trading Standards authority and the local building control office, which will have the power to stop a business from trading and to withdraw any products supplied after July 1st 2014.  In severe cases Directors may also be imprisoned.

Being possibly the only blacksmiths in the UK at the present time to hold this qualification Topp & Co feel is a great achievement for the stability and future growth of the company.

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