Companies in the construction industry are failing to take CE marking laws seriously, according to Adrian Cooper at LB Supplies, which also trades as LB Roof Windows.
Mr Cooper said: “The reality is that if you are involved in structural steelwork, metal components and kits and aluminium structures, CE marking is a must. It’s not an optional extra – it’s the law.
“What we’ve seen is a lot of apathy and many companies simply not bothering to invest any time or resources to become compliant. There is nothing stopping trading standards shutting these businesses down.”
CE Marking is regulated by criminal law and the penalties for failing to enforce CE Marking or using incorrect CE Marking – if found guilty – are a fine, imprisonment, or both.
Mr Cooper went on the explain that LB Supplies has invested nearly a year of time, energy and resources to ensure all products supplied by the company are CE Marked and fully compliant with BS EN 1090:1:2009. LB Supplies also complies with all the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.
“We take every effort to improve standards in our industry seriously – manufacturing processes and expectations are evolving and suppliers need to meet these changing standards,” Mr Cooper continued. “Yes, it can be bureaucratic and timely, but it’s a minimum requirement and the fact that LB Supplies exceeds this criteria sends out a positive message to all our customers.”