The ASI has welcomed the real support given by the McGowan Government to lowering project risks with funding granted to steel fabricators in the State to become third-party certified to the National Structural Steelwork Compliance Scheme (NSSCS).
ASI Chief Executive, Tony Dixon congratulated the initial recipients of the funding covering certification costs, local businesses Cays Engineering, Alltype Engineering and Minprovise International granted under the Government’s Industry Facilitation and Support Program.
“With a round of funding already open, we are starting to see a groundswell of interest in becoming independently certified to the NSSCS, even more crucial given the increasing risks from the use of non-conforming building inputs endangering lives,” he said.
He said that public works could be streamlined through engaging with NSSCS-certified steel contractors as it can serve as an effective prequalification program and as a transparent and open scheme, project specifiers can also nominate a preferred supplier to undertake certification.
The NSSCS is underpinned by the recently published Australian Standard AS/NZS 5131 with steel businesses independently audited and certified by the independent body, Steelwork Compliance Australia (SCA) to a range of Construction Categories that link directly to the structure importance levels from the National Construction Code (NCC).
“A key value of the NSSCS is in matching the sophistication of inputs with the complexity of works to apply a uniform approach consistent with recognised building codes,” Mr Dixon said.
He noted that Perth-based Civmec recently become the first large steel fabricator in Australia to be certified to the higher Construction Category (CC3) for more complex works like bridges, and that there are a number of CC2-certified steel fabricators already looking to upgrade to the higher certification.
“Accordingly, the NSSCS approach would help to mitigate issues on critical infrastructure works, such as delays with the new Swan River bridge that the McGowan Government is concerned about,” he said.
More information on the NSSCS, visit: http://steel.org.au/key-issues/compliance