STEELWORK and painting contractors have just 12 months to train up corrosion protection painters or face losing work on transportation schemes under new quality guidelines.
Contractors working for infrastructure clients such as the Highways Agency must show that they have fully complied with the Industrial Coatings Applicator Training and Certification Scheme by January 31, 2008, or risk losing out on work.
Firms must also reach a target of 40 per cent of staff certified under the scheme by the end of July, 2007.
The Highways Agency has welcomed the scheme and added it to its list of mandatory quality management schemes included in its Specification for Highway Works.
Rail infrastructure manager Network Rail is also to adopt the scheme as a mandatory requirement for its steelwork painting contractors.