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New certification provides complete control

SL Mekaniske’s Managing Director is proud to that the company can now CE mark its products, but believes new regulations will hurt smaller companies.
 
Article from the Rogaland Newspaper Jaerbladet, 16 July 2014.
 
In the company corridors at Håland, outside of Bryne, the atmosphere is light and happy.
 
Henning Dyskeland has worked here as long as SL Mekaniske has existed: 20 years. Dyskeland was just a regular welder the first time he walked through the door. Today, he is the Managing Director.
 
On this sunny summer day, his smile flashes in the sun. Beside him is Cecilie Karlsen. She is the company’s HR and HSE Manager. Karlsen tells of the long road to certification following the new requirements for steel structures for construction activities, which came into force on 1 July (see fact box).
 
“The first time we attended a course on the new standard was back in 2009. We put a lot of work into restructuring our system to be able to ensure tractability all the way back to the steel supplier. All our employees have received training and we had to find suppliers that could provide us with the right material certificates,” she explains.
 
The company was certified under the new standard, NS-EN 1090, in May.
According to information about CE marking on the Norwegian Steel Association’s website, it became illegal to supply goods to construction sites without CE marking after 1 July.
 
Facts:
CE marking requirements
The requirement for CE marking of steel structures for construction activities came into force on 1 July 2014.
The standard for fabricated steel constructions is called NS-EN 1090.
You can find a list of certified companies on the Norwegian Steel Association’s website.