According to IFPA Chairman, Mike Smart, its welders were required to be recertificated before they were issued with their unique stamps.
“The annual recertification of welders was instituted by the Plastics Federation (now Plastics|SA)
As part of IFPA’s mandate and mission to ensure that its members adhere to the Association’
“Since then, every IFPA welder has been issued with a unique number, printed on an identification card, along with his photograph. Each IFPA Member Company is expected to compliment the system of traceability with the use of a stamp on each weld, displaying the IFPA company number, the unique welder number and the IFPA logo”, Smart explains. The stamp is made of special hardened steel and can be used next to a weld if the weld surface is too small.
Members are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the stamps made for their welders are kept up to date; to verify the specific discipline that the welder has been qualified for and control employee activities such as moonlighting. These are not the responsibility of IFPA.
Concludes Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA: “IFPA is an initiative of SAPPMA and was formed with the view to expand regulation of the Plastic Pipe Industry in Southern Africa. We fully support and endorse this programme that proves our commitment to go further on the quality value chain. This move has also been welcomed and applauded by customers who appreciate the level of transparency and accountability we try to introduce and maintain in this highly specialised industry”.
Notes to the editor:
• Current IFPA members are: Gamma Enterprises, Ubuntu Plastics, Gradco, Astore, Heidelkor, Sebetsa Trading, Plastiweld, NRB Piping, Customised Plastic Products, Mr Stubman, Flexicon, Marley Pipe Systems, Peninsula Pipelines, Rothenberger Tools, Rare Group Global Plastic Welding, Stefanutti, Stocks, Langer Heinrich, Rho-tech, Sinvac Mining
• The association is open to all fabricators and installers of plastic pipe, as well as suppliers of pipe fittings and related equipment. Companies interested in becoming a member of IFPA can visit www.sappma.co.za to obtain more information and to download the membership application form. Membership approval is dependent on passing an audit of their systems and standards and the payment of the specified membership fee. In addition a set code of conduct needs to be signed by the managing director of the business.