In our industry, quality standards are essential as they give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency at all times. In fact, fairgrounds and amusement parks are among the safest of leisure attractions in the world, and provide some of the lowest risk leisure activities if they are built to the right standards, maintained properly and operated correctly.
Clearly, with the safety of your customers at stake, maintaining high standards of design, manufacturing and after-sales support are crucial to everyone here at Garmendale. For an operator, working and maintaining standards ensures ongoing safety certification and even continuing insurance. It is a vital component in the safe operation of parks throughout the world.
Since 1992, we have been audited regularly on our ISO 9001 Quality System. ISO is the only internationally accepted, auditable certification standard for quality systems in the world. When we were originally accredited by the ISO, we were way ahead of general engineering companies and far ahead of the standard leisure industry requirements. We continue to set these high standards for ourselves today.
We have recently added a new standard BS EN 1090 Part 2. It’s a standard for structural steel work. It’s the first standard to measure and manage the actual quality of construction rather than just the process. It’s a CE mark for fabrication. Before this, all the standards related to procedures that were followed to get to a finished product but ignored the materials. The new BS EN 1090 Part 2 now ensures that EVERYTHING, right down to consumables is traceable back to source. No traceability, no CE Mark.
The worldwide market for steel is changing fast and with this standard in place, we can ensure that anything we build is built to the right procedures with the right materials, certified and 100% safe.
What this means for any new build and potentially any existing structure, is that anything built since 2014 that does not comply, is in danger of being condemned or perhaps worse, uninsured if an accident were to occur.
We’ve always been proud of the quality of our work and have our 1090 certificate pending. All of our work meets and exceeds these new standards and we’d be happy to advise you on your own compliance and how to avoid the many pitfalls it presents.