T Broom Construction achieve certification to EN 1090-1 for CE marking of agricultural buildings.
T Broom Construction Ltd is a small, family-run business in Devon that fabricates portal framed buildings for agricultural purposes. From time to time the company also produces buildings for farm shops.
EN 1090-1 for CE marking of agricultural buildings
As a manufacturer of agricultural steel-framed buildings, T Broom Construction needs to comply with the Construction Products Regulations that came into force on the 1st of July 2014, and to provide CE marking of its products to Execution Class 1 of the structural metalwork quality standard EN 1090-1. In order to be able to CE mark their buildings the company needed a straight-forward written Factory Production Control system that was certified by an independent “Notified Body”. For Execution Class 1 the company wouldn’t expect to need either Weld Procedure Specifications nor a Responsible Welding Coordinator. However, T Broom’s case was complicated by the their customers’ need to diversify into running farm shops, because the foot-fall from shoppers raises these structures to Execution Class 2.
How Construction Certification helped
Working closely with Trevor & Marion Broom, our Associate put together a detailed audit programme to look at the ways in which the company already met some of the requirements of EN 1090-1 and used it to identify gaps that needed to be filled. During this stage of the project our Associate identified that, to produce buildings for farm shops, the company would need to extend their Factory Production Control system to cover Execution Class 2, but was able to show that this could be done with very little extra effort. The gap analysis was used to prepare a detailed action plan that included guidance on production documentation, appointment of a welding engineer to develop qualified Weld Procedure Specifications, the responsibilities of a Responsible Welding Coordinator and staff training. The Construction Certification model for EN 1090-1 was integrated with the company’s existing ways of working, to produce a Factory Production Control system that was fully compliant with CE marking requirements, but very simple to maintain. The newly appointed Responsible Welding Coordinator was given training that helped him to understand the requirements of the new standard and how to maintain the Factory Production Control system. Our Associate helped Marion & Trevor to chose a Notified Body that met their needs and supported them through a successful certification visit.
“Richard Shearwood-Porter acted as our consultant to help us through the CE marking process. We were really impressed with his extensive knowledge of the subject and his approachable and professional manner. His support and guidance throughout the process has enabled us to transform the business to adhere to new regulations. We would strongly recommend anyone to utilise his expertise.”
Marion & Trevor Broom: Directors
Find out more
To read more detail about EN 1090-1 and CE marking of structural metal, read our Fact Sheet here.