BS EN 1090 & UKCA/CE Marking Structural Steelwork Consultancy

Expert EN 1090 & UKCA/CE Marking consultants

BS EN 1090 Consultancy
BS EN 1090 Consultancy

BS EN 1090 & UKCA/CE Marking Structural Steelwork Consultancy

Expert EN 1090 & UKCA/CE Marking consultants

EN 1090 Certification Consultants

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BS EN 1090 1 is the harmonised standard for structural steel, as of 1st July 2014 it was made a criminal offence to supply structural metalwork unless it conforms to this standard and carries a legitimate CE mark.

In 2012 The Construction Products Regulations (CPR) was introduced, this places a requirement on construction products that have a harmonised standard to be CE Marked.

The European Construction Products Directive is aimed at harmonising the safety performance of construction products across the EU and they apply to anything placed on the market, whether imported or manufactured in the EU. The CPD defines six principles for materials that are to be used in civil engineering including:

  1. Mechanical resistance & stability (ITT / initial type testing)
  2. Safety in case of fire (fire testing)
  3. Hygiene, health & the environment (design)
  4. Safety in use (clear usage instructions & risk assessment )
  5. Protection against noise (risk assessment)
  6. Energy economy & heat retention (environmental performance)
New legislation was introduced in 2013 to allow the CPR to be enforced by the Trading Standards authority, which now has the power to stop a business from trading and to withdraw any products supplied. In severe cases Directors may also be imprisoned for not complying with EN 1090-1.
 
The net benefit of EN 1090-1 is the elimination of risks emanating from steelwork being either under or over the requisite specification for a particular application. With the ability to select steelwork that has been CE marked in an appropriate manner, contractors will derive increased levels of confidence that their structural steelwork will provide the requisite performance and extended life in service. In addition, specifiers are now able to differentiate differing levels of expertise from a range of suppliers, which in turn helps with cost effective and peace of mind procurement.
 
As a result, construction contractors can have increased confidence in the efficiency and suitability of their structure. Now, special production runs can be undertaken to match the demands of the end use requirement by stipulating the execution class before steelwork fabrication is undertaken.
 
So, CE marking enables construction industry contractors to have increased levels of confidence in the structural steelwork quality. Contractors that use fabricators with third party certification can have greater confidence that their fabrications have been optimised to their specific application requirements.
 
Most important of all, is the reduction of risk in steel structures. Greater confidence in the quality of structural steelwork corresponds with more reliable, safer structures in order to ensure that all types of structure have the requisite suitability and integrity for its application.
 
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Who needs to comply with BS EN 1090?

The BS EN 1090 1 CE marking for structural steel regulations apply to a wide range of activities involving “series” manufactured items:

  • Manufacturers of metal components or kits that have a structural use in civil engineering.
  • Importers of structural metalwork kits or components
  • Stockholders and metal processors that modify stock – for example by drilling, painting, bending, electroplating etc.

Within EN 1901-1 The term “series” means mass produced or more than one for example multiple production such as staircases but not necessarily an access platform as a one off (non series) production, however the controls required are same and many larger organisations purchasing structural/fabricated steel may insist on CE Marking to ensure they have met their legal duty of care.

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What do I need to do to comply BS EN 1090?​

In order to comply with EN 190 you will need to determine which execution class applies.

Step 1. Determine the Consequence Class

There are 3 “consequence classes” in EN 1090 and it is anticipated that the majority of structural steel fabricators in the UK will fall within consequence class 2.

Consequence class 1 (CC 1)LowLow possibility of loss of human life, or economic impact, social or environmental consequence – minimal to negligible lossAgricultural buildings where people do not normally enter, low use, storage areas, greenhouses, etc.
Consequence class 2 (CC 2)MediumMedium possibility of loss of human life, or economic impact, social or environmental consequence – considerable lossResidential and or office buildings with regular use, although not highly populated
Consequence class 3 (CC 3)HighHigh possibility of loss of human life, or economic impact, social or environmental consequence –very great and serious impactStadium, concert hall, public buildings, etc. human activity very high usage most days of the year

Step 2. Determine the Service Category

A Service Category is a method used in BS EN 1090-2 to reflect the risk arising from the actions to which the structure and its parts are likely to be exposed during erection and use, such as fatigue and likelihood of seismic actions. They also review the stress levels in the components in relation to their resistance.

Typically, in the UK, SC1 will generally be appropriate. All Service Categories are defined under table B.1 of BS EN 1090-2.

Category

Criteria

SC1

Structures/components designed for quasi actions only, e.g. buildings

SC2

Structures/components designed for fatigue actions to EC3 such as bridges, or
located in regions with medium/high seismic activity

Step 3. Determine the Production Category

A Production Category is a method used in BS EN 1090-2 to determine the risk arising from the fabrication complexity of the structure and its components. This may entail the application of particular techniques, procedures and controls.

Production categories are determined from Table B.2 of BS EN 1090-2 and it should be noted that a structure or part of a structure may contain components or structural details that belong to different production categories. However, the execution class is not always sensitive to the production category.  

Production categories are determined from Table B.2 of BS EN 1090-2 and it should be noted that a structure or part of a structure may contain components or structural details that belong to different production categories. However, the execution class is not always sensitive to the production category.  

Category

Criteria

PC1

Non-welded components or welded components from steel grades below S355

PC2

Welded components manufactured from steel grades from S355 and above

Step 4. Determine the Execution Class

Once you have determined the consequence class, service category and production category for a building, Table B.3 of BS EN 1090-2 defines the corresponding execution class. In the UK, for instance, EXC2 will be applicable to most buildings. Where no execution class is specified, Clause 4.1.2 of BS EN 1090-2 states that EXC2 applies.

Consequence Class

CC1

CC2

CC3

Service Categories

SC1

SC2

SC1

SC2

SC1

SC2

Production Categories

PC1

EXC1

EXC2

EXC2

EXC3

EXC3*

EXC3*

PC2

EXC2

EXC2

EXC2

EXC3

EXC3*

EXC4

*EXC4 should be applied to special structures or structures with extreme consequences of a structural failure as required by national provisions.

Step 5. Factory Production Control System

You need to have what is known as an FPC (Factory Production Control system) this is set of procedures and documentation that ensure the following amongst other requirements:

  • Traceability of materials (to original mill certs and test results)
  • Competence of welders/fabricators (coded welders/weld testing)
  • A responsible welding coordinator needs to be appointed
  • Drawings and calculations to prove the structural integrity of materials/fabricated items
  • Calibration of equipment (welding equipment)
  • Control of defective materials and products with corrective action process (fixing errors)
  • Purchasing procedures and approval for materials and subcontractors
  • Quality control systems to ensure the quality of manufactured products

Transitioning to UKCA from CE Marking

Holding certification to ISO 9001 will provide the majority of evidence required for EN 1090 but you will need some additional controls as detailed above.

When all of this is in place you need to have a third party audit/inspection by a notified body which is UKAS accredited.

Can We Help You With Certification?

We have a team of BS EN 1090 1 consultants who are also 3rd party auditors recommending certification to EN 1090 1 so fully understand the certification process inside out.

We have developed standard documentation and procedures that ensure compliance to the requirements of both ISO 9001 and BS EN 1090 1.

We will carry out an initial gap analysis:

  • Provide all necessary documentation including procedures forms etc..
  • Generate an action plan
  • Develop any additional controls and documentation
  • Liaise with a UKAS accredited certification body to arrange certification
  • On-going support to maintain certification (where requested)

Where companies meet certain criteria, we may also be able to access financial support to implement your system.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help your business.

Can We Help You With Certification?

RKMS offer accredited training to support organisations in meeting ISO compliance. Our Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection gives individuals the knowledge needed to conduct internal audits.

We deliver this course to two delegates for free as part of our EN 1090 consultancy package, however if you wish to implement EN 1090 internally but wish for your staff to be trained in internal auditing, take a look at our course page below.

Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection

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Cost of EN 1090 & UKCA/CE Marking

RKMS offers a high quality service at an affordable price. Typical costs of implementing EN 1090 are between £3,000 and £4,000 including the certification body audit fees, with the timeframe to implement roughly 3 months. The cost of achieving EN 1090 certification varies depending on a number of factors such as, number of staff, annual turnover, number of sites, existing documentation and complexity of audits.

If you wish to discuss your needs further and identify your options, please give us a call or request a quote below. One of our business development team members can explore your options and best advise you on which path to take.

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