Issue 6 - Spring 2012


RSTA Sector Updates

Surface Dressing and Slurry-Micro Surfacing

Six new Carbon Calculators developed by University of Nottingham, including Surface Dressing and Slurry-Micro Surfacing, are currently being tested by RSTA members prior to launch this Autumn.
  • CE Marking comes into effect in July 2013 so all contactors should by now be undertaking their Type Approval Installation Trials (TAIT’s) and liaising with their chosen Notified Body to ensure they are well prepared and able to become CE marked in time. Anyone not CE marked by next July will become liable to criminal prosecution!
  • The Code of Practice for Signing at Surface Dressing Sites is to be reviewed and updated by a joint working party comprising ADEPT and RSTA members.
  • The latest version of Sector Scheme 13 document will be published by UKAS in June.
  • LANTRA have launched a new free to use website enabling all registered contractors to upload their Sector Scheme 13 information. This replaces the old system whereby contractors had to pay LANTRA for their company details to be listed.
  • Specialist Up-Skilling Programmes for operatives lasting 10 days and delivering an NVQ with CSkills grant funding has been successfully trialled and it is hoped will become widely available later in the year.

High Friction Surfacing

The RSTA has become a member of HiTAC (Highway Technical Advisory Committee) which regulates the BBA HAPAS Product Certification Schemes.
  • The Service Life document published with ADEPT last May is currently being up-dated and will re-consider the service life of High Friction Surfacing Systems.
  • The Code of Practice is under review and will re-consider client side responsibilities in enabling the contractor to provide a 5 year guarantee.
  • Specialist Up-Skilling Programmes for operatives lasting 10 days and delivering an NVQ with CSkills grant funding has been successfully trialled and will hopefully become available later in the year.

Geosynthetics & Steel Meshes

Sector Scheme 13 has been re-issued to include Geosynthetics and Steel Meshes and will be published by UKAS in June.
  • RSTA contractor members are currently training key people to become qualified NVQ Assessors to enable their workforce to become qualified in accordance with Sector Scheme 13.
  • BS434 Part 2: Code of Practice for Use of Cationic Emulsions on Roads and other Paved Areas is currently being re-written to include a much larger section on Geosynthetics and will cross-reference the Code of Practice published with ADEPT in January. All RSTA codes are available from www.rsta-uk.org/publications.htm

Specialist Treatments

A new Crack & Joint Repair Sub-Committee formed earlier this year with the objective of producing a new industry Code of Practice. This also attracted some new members into the RSTA including Dantex Ltd and LMS Highways with others wanting to join. This new document was peer reviewed by ADEPT on 17th May and has been endorsed pending a few minor amendments.
  • Other new codes are under preparation on ‘Fine Milling’ and Grouted Macadams and Asphalt Preservation.
  • A new code on Thermal Road Repairs has just been endorsed by ADEPT pending some minor amendments.
  • Fine milling has also been included within the scope of Sector Scheme 13.

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