RSTA Committee Reports
The main topic of discussion at the last technical committee meeting in March centred on CE Marking which becomes mandatory in the UK in 2013. This is because the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) is now ratified and will replace the Construction Products Directive (CPD). The UK managed to opt out of CE Marking under the CPD but this will not be possible under the CPR as it will become a legal requirement. Any member who needs assistance with complying with the requirements should contact Howard Robinson.
The Code of Practice (2008 version) has now been updated by a small working party and peer reviewed by the ADEPT Soils, Materials and Design Committee. The document has subsequently been endorsed by ADEPT and has been published on the RSTA website.
Sector Scheme 13A (Surface Dressing) has been merged with 13B (Slurry-Micro Surfacing) to form Sector Scheme 13 (Surface Treatments). This document is now available on the UKAS website and contains a number of changes, particularly affecting Appendix C on training and qualifications.
The committee have also reviewed BSEN 12272 Parts 1 – 3 and submitted comments to BSI committee B/510/02 to contribute towards the CEN 5 year review of these standards.
Slurry surfacing incorporating Microsurfacing
As with surface dressing, CE Marking will also become mandatory for slurry surfacing products in 2013. Members are subsequently addressing what needs to be done in order to comply with this new legal requirement.
A new Code of Practice has been written by a small working party and peer reviewed and endorsed in principle by ADEPT. The document is currently undergoing final editing and is expected to be published by the end of the summer. The new Code illustrates what is best practice and advises all stakeholders on how to achieve good quality.
The committee have also reviewed the suite of test methods contained within BS EN 12274 parts 1 – 8 and submitted comments to BSI committee B/510/02. This work forms part of a 5-year CEN review of these standards.
HIGH FRICTION SURFACING
The new Code of Practice has now been peer reviewed and endorsed by ADEPT and is available on the RSTA website. The new Code aims to address all client concerns over quality and durability and it provides a basis for contractors to offer a 5-year guarantee. The new Code illustrates industry best practice and advises all concerned on how to achieve good quality and durability.
The next training seminar is taking place on October 6th in Rugby. This is aimed at updating managers, technicians and operatives on all aspects of the HFS process. Further details and be found on: www.rsta-uk.org/calendar.
The Geosynthetics & Steel Meshes Sub-committee have been meeting regularly to write a new Code of Practice. This is almost finished with publication anticipated before the year end. The sub-committee members also attended and presented at a one-day seminar on the subject hosted by the SCI in London on May 12th attended by 65 delegates.
In January, a Recycling Sub-committee was formed to discuss ways of raising the industry profile. The members are currently writing a new Code of Practice on Structural Recycling techniques to provide advice on technique selection, design and installation. Plans are afoot to establish new Sub-committees for retexturing and crack repair systems.
The Toolbox Seminar, which aims to raise awareness of the many different techniques now on offer, continues to attract interest around the UK. All RSTA events can be found at www.rsta-uk.org/calendar. The next seminar is in Aviemore on September 28th followed by Liverpool (October 26th) and Milton Keynes (November 23rd).