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Welding consumables to be CE Marked

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As from 1 October this year the CE Marking of welding consumables has been allowed under the harmonised standard BS EN 13479: 2004.

“This has legal implications for steelwork contractors who supply welded fabricated steelwork,” David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering said.

In the UK all construction products must satisfy the Construction Products Regulations  (CPR), and to ensure compliance the BSCA is advising its members to take the following action.

The BCSA advices reducing existing stocks of non-CE Marked welding consumables, changing technical specification to CE Marked products, and to ensure that all welding consumables provided since October comply with and are CE Marked.

Those who do not purchase CE Marked welding consumables need to ensure that the products comply with the CPR, and also need to retain information on their material properties, the name of the manufacturer and details of the manufacturer’s quality system.

“Many steelwork contractors may have stocks of welding consumables which are not CE Marked,” Mr Moore said. “According to the European Commission any construction product that is placed on the market before the start of CE Marking is not required to be marked once the harmonised standard comes into force. Therefore, companies can use existing stocks but they must satisfy the CPR.”

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