THE UK'S FEDERATION of Piling Specialists has moved closer to a fully audited membership with successful re-audits of six member firms.
When the scheme was adoped in July 2000 all 18 FPS members were independently audited on quality management, health and safety, technical ability, training and environmental management systems. The pass level was set at 5% below the average achieved by all members.
Six firms were issued with improvement notices for one or more of the quality, safety and technical categories and required to meet the standard by August this year.Those members who were issued with notices for the training and environmental matters have been given until August 2002 to improve in these areas.
The FPS said it was inevitable that some members would fail to reach the necessary pass levels in some categories because of the high standards set.
Companies were helped by the FPS to make the necessary improvements and after a re-audit all the members passed.
Overall improvement for re-audited firms was more than 25%. Independent auditor Peter Sheills said it was clear that the scheme was being taken very seriously by members. Under the scheme firms are required to be re-audited at least once every three years.
The federation said the registration scheme aimed to provide 'a substantive reference for potential clients and a benchmark for continuous improvement' and that membership now required 'significant' commitment.
Because of this one of the smaller members has resigned, citing pressure of work as the principle reason.However, with remaining members all gaining accreditation, the federation said it intended to promote the benefits of the registration scheme to clients and attract non-members with a view to expansion.