Seminars focus on risks of using non-compliant steel

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ACRS is your toolkit for steel compliance is the theme for a national series of seminars being held by the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (ACRS) in six cities across Australia and New Zealand in October 2015. 

International and national speakers on compliance risks will cover: 

how to ensure product conformance to Standards, and 

examples from Australia, New Zealand and major European countries. 

Attendees will receive a free ACRS toolkit to assist in ensuring that construction steel products are independently third-party certified. Australia and New Zealand are part of a global supply chain, with construction products now being sourced from overseas and local manufacturers and suppliers. 

Alarmingly, there is increasing evidence that many suppliers of products, regardless of where they are made, are not providing evidence that they meet Australian and New Zealand Standards and building requirements. Product non-compliance is now a major issue in the construction sector in both countries. 

In Australia, the issue of non-compliant building products is a topic of much discussion at present, with COAG ministers meeting and a senate enquiry both in train. 

In New Zealand the issue is gaining attention as suppliers look to take advantage of the Canterbury rebuild and construction growth in Auckland. Product substitution and a lack of awareness in relation to standards requirements in the design and construction sector is increasingly becoming a public concern and impacting negatively on the sector’s integrity. 

ACRS Certificates of Compliance are the low-cost, low-red tape solution, based on the European model and available here, together with checklists for specifiers and builders to make compliance easier. 

Formed in 2000 by peak construction industry bodies to deliver much needed surety in respect of steel product compliance, the ACRS assesses and certifies manufacturing and processing at more than 150 locations in 15 countries worldwide for construction steel products supplied to Australian and New Zealand standards. 

ACRS is accredited to ISO17065 by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). ACRS certification delivers unmatched confidence to specifiers, designers and customers that steel from suppliers holding the ACRS Mark complies consistently with Australian and New Zealand Standards. 

ACRS Certificates of Compliance cover reinforcing, prestressing and structural steel products supplied to Australian and New Zealand standards. 

If you are a designer, product procurer or construction company owner or supervisor, you have a responsibility to build to the code and standards established to ensure that building occupiers are safe. 

New Zealand seminar dates are: 

Christchurch, Monday, October 19, 5.30pm-8.30pm 

Auckland, Tuesday, October 20, 5.30pm-8.30pm 

To register for the free ACRS Seminar Series visit www.steelcertification.co.nz.