Steel Fabricators Survey

Steel Fabricators Survey – Changes to Welder Qualification Standards


The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) hosted a forum in South Australia for fabricators on April 11th, 2019. The forum was initiated in response to significant feedback, misunderstanding and concern from our fabricator community as to the direction of welder qualification in Australia, as demonstrated by the actual and planned changes in the relevant Australian Standards.

There are three Standards currently in play with respect to welder qualification in Australia:

  • AS/NZS 1554
  • AS/NZS 2980
  • AS/NZS ISO 9606-1

AS/NZS 2980 was recently revised (2018) and a significant number of industry concerns stem from the changed provisions and reference to AS/NZS ISO 9606-1.

The welding Standards committee (WD-003) have a stated intention to phase out AS/NZS 2980 and move to AS/NZS ISO 9606-1. No official timeframe has been set on that transition.

Survey instructions

Please select the relevant option from the radio buttons for each question below. In many cases there are also directions to provide further comment. We strongly recommend you provide comment, as this helps to set the context of your response.

When you have selected options for all questions, please submit the survey.

Thank you in advance for taking time to complete this survey. Your input will be reviewed with the balance of industry response and configured for our planned engagement with Standards Australia.

The survey closing date is 30/06/2019. Please complete and submit before this date.

Note that we have requested minimum respondent details, with only a few fields mandatory. However, we would encourage you to provide full information, as we may be able to provide you further detail if required.

Survey


Fields marked with * are required.

Respondent details:

Name:
Email:
Company:
Position:*:
State residing in:*:

Fabricator welding context:

Question 1a *:
Do you have access to or employ a qualified welding supervisor (e.g. AS2214, IWS etc)?

If Yes, does the supervisor review requirements, including Standards updates?

Introduction of ISO 9606-1:

Question 2 *:
Are you aware of the 2018 revision to AS/NZS 2980 and the intent to replace this with AS/NZS ISO 9606.1 in due course?

Question 3 *:
Has the introduction of ISO 9606-1, which can be used as an alternative to welder qualification to AS/NZS 1554.1 and AS/NZS 2980 generated any concerns for your business?


If you answered Yes to the above, please list your concern(s) below.

Welder qualification:

Question 4 *:
Having the three welder qualification options (to AS/NZS 1554.1; AS/NZS 2980; ISO 9606-1) for your business to choose from provides increased confusion and added complexity.


If you answered Yes or No, please provide reasons why:
Question 5 *:
Do you believe there are complexities and difficulties in gaining clarity in how to qualify your welders under any of the three Standards?

If you answered Yes, please list any example(s) below, stating both the specific Standard (AS/NZS 1554.1, AS/NZS 2980, ISO 9606-1) and the issue you have found with regards to interpreting how to qualify Welders:
Question 6 *:
Do you see benefits in qualifying welders to an international Standard?


If you answered either Yes or No, please provide reasons of why you believe this

Added complexity in interpreting acceptance criteria and test methods:

Question 7(a) *:
Do you believe interpreting the Acceptance Criteria and Test methods for AS/NZS 1554.1 is complex and unclear?


If you answered Yes, please provide examples of why this is the case below:
Question 7(b) *:
Do you believe interpreting the Acceptance Criteria and Test methods for AS/NZS 2980 is complex and unclear?


If you answered Yes, please provide examples of why this is the case below:
Question 7(c) *:
Do you believe interpreting the Acceptance Criteria and Test methods for ISO 9606-1 is complex and unclear?


If you answered Yes, please provide examples of why this is the case below:

Other related issues:

Question 8(a) *:
Please list below any other positive impacts you believe have been brought about by the introduction of ISO 9606-1, and / or the 2018 amendments to AS/NZS 2980 Welding Standards:
Question 8(b) *:
Please list below any other negative impacts which you believe have been brought about by the introduction of ISO 9606-1, and / or the 2018 amendments to AS/NZS 2980 Welding Standards:

Standards Process Engagement:

Question 9 *:
Do you know how to engage with the Standards process to ensure your voice is heard?

Question 10 *:
Please rate your level of understanding of the Australian Standards process and how changes to Standards for Welding occur using the scale below, where 6 is very clear, and 0 is very unclear:






Question 11(a) *:
Do you feel the steel fabrication industry sector is sufficiently engaged by governing bodies when new Standards are introduced, or amendments to existing Standards are introduced?


Question 11(b):
If you answered No to the above, please list below any opportunities you see for improvement to this industry engagement issue.
Question 12(a) *:
Do you engage with the Standards process (by commenting on public drafts, being on committees etc)?

Question 12(b):
If Yes, how?