As the largest supplier of quality certification in the window, door and glass industries, CENSolutions takes a keen interest in matters that effect not only its customers, but the industry as a whole. That’s why the company volunteered to provide training presentations on the Construction Products Regulation to various Trading Standards regions across the UK.
Mike Gaillard, joint managing director of CENSolutions, explained: “One of the most common complaints from our customers when it comes to compliance is the fact that there is still an unethical element of the marketplace that does not comply with current legislation. This is a huge frustration for them as obviously they invest time and money in ensuring they are doing everything they need to in order to produce quality products, when other companies continue to manufacture without the necessary procedures in place to prove compliance.
“In order to try and drive out this unethical element, CENSolutions has provided a number of training presentations to Trading Councils across the UK on the Construction Products Regulation in order to educate and raise awareness of the issues the industry faces. This issue is of great importance to CENSolutions, and my role as chairman of the GGF Insulated Glass Manufacturers Group and a licensed consultant for Secured by Design helps to put us in a great position to work towards ensuring matters improve. We have included information on BS EN 1279 – for which we have provided checklists and detail on BS EN 1279, as well as information on low site units, the sharing of initial type test data and the rules governing it. We have also provided information on BS EN 12150 toughened glass, BS EN 14449 laminated glass, BS EN 14351 Windows and External Doorsets and PAS 24. This training is ongoing, but what we have delivered so far has been extremely well received.
“With 4-500 products in the marketplace, it is difficult for Trading Standards officers to know what they are looking for in order to police this matter, as no information has been provided to date by the government or any other industry governing bodies. CENSolutions wants to do what it can to raise standards, not just for our customers but across the industry as a whole – as better working practices create better products, which creates better reputations. We are delighted our presentations have been so well received and hope that by investing our time in this way, we can help eliminate those not meeting the current legislative standards.”