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The Benefits Of Using Accredited Labs
By using an accredited laboratory construction companies can give their clients greater confidence in their work, reduce some significant costs and protect themselves in the event of disputes and lawsuits.
It is essential that construction companies confirm the performance and durability of their building materials. To do so, quality standards often specify that an "approved laboratory" must be used.
To become approved (accredited) a laboratory needs to demonstrate to the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) that they comply with the “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” or SABS ISO/IEC 17025.
SANAS determines the technical competence of a laboratory by looking factors such as:
Following the review of a formal application and a subsequent auditing of the facility, the laboratory is either failed, approved conditionally subject to the clearing of findings or approved unconditionally.
The laboratory will be re-audited after 6, 18 months, 36 months. If all audits are successful, the accreditation will last for five years.
Generate more business
Confidence in your product is enhanced if clients know it has been thoroughly evaluated by an independent, competent testing facility.
This is particularly so if you can demonstrate to them that the laboratory itself has been evaluated by a third party. Increasingly customers are relying on independent evidence, rather than simply accepting a supplier’s word that the product is “fit for purpose”.
Reduce important costs
Testing of products and materials can be expensive and time consuming, even when they are done correctly the first time. If not done correctly, then the cost and time involved in re-testing can be even higher if the product has failed to meet specifications or expectations.
Not only do costs go up, but your reputation as a supplier or manufacturer can go down. You can also be held liable for any failure of your product, particularly if it involves public safety or financial loss to a client. Choosing a technically competent laboratory minimises the chance of retesting being required.
Through a system of international agreements (see below) technically competent, accredited laboratories receive a form of international recognition, which allows their data to be more readily accepted on overseas markets.
This recognition helps to reduce costs for manufacturers and exporters that have their products or materials tested in accredited laboratories, by reducing or eliminating the need for retesting in the importing country.
Protect from risk
In the event of a dispute the results will carry far more weight than results from a non-accredited laboratory.
Throughout the world today, customers seek reassurance that the products, materials or services they produce or purchase meet their expectations or conform to specific requirements.
This often means that the product is sent to a laboratory to determine its characteristics against a standard or a specification. For the manufacturer or supplier, choosing a technically competent laboratory minimises the risk of producing or supplying a faulty product.
To find out more about laboratory accreditation and SANAS, visit the SANAS website at www.sanas.co.za. The site contains all of the relevant documentation and a list of accredited testing and calibration laboratories.
Roadlab has 8 SANAS accredited testing laboratories Germiston, Durban, Belville, Mossel Bay, East London, Bloemfontein and Centurion. They all carry out soil, asphalt, concrete, aggregate and and chemical testing.