Regulatory compliance and NDT: meeting standards in the water utility sector

Compliance for non-destructive testing companies within the water utility sector is a complex undertaking, negotiating a comprehensive set of regulations and standards that extend far beyond a mere checklist.

What about compliance and NDT – what areas of compliance are relevant for non-destructive testing services working in the water utility sector? How can you be sure that the NDT testing services that you use are compliant? 

Compliance encompasses a broad spectrum of regulations and standards, ranging from qualifications and certifications to health and safety protocols. 

In this blog, we will look at the area of compliance and NDT, focusing on the importance of qualifications, maintaining a safe workplace, and the significance of registering with safety bodies.

The world of compliance

Compliance is not a one-time task but an ongoing commitment to excellence, safety, and legal adherence covering different areas. 

Qualifications, health and safety measures, and registration with safety bodies form the pillars of a holistic approach to compliance within NDT testing services. 

NDT companies that work in the water utility sector that prioritise these aspects not only meet regulatory requirements but also foster a culture of accountability, safety, and continuous improvement.

Let’s take a closer look at these areas: 

Qualifications matter: the foundation of compliance

In many industries, having qualified personnel is not just a preference but a necessity and this is true for non-destructive testing companies. 

Qualifications ensure that employees possess the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their roles effectively and safely.   

Compliance with industry-specific qualifications not only meets regulatory requirements but also sets a standard for excellence within the organisation.

This is something we pride ourselves on at NDT Group

All of our technicians are trained to PCN Level 2, and many hold other qualifications relevant to the sectors that they work in such as IRATA rope access qualifications or GWO-certification. 

This ensures that they have demonstrated competence and expertise in order to carry out their roles and tasks safely. 

Prioritising Health and Safety: a moral and legal imperative

Health and safety in the workplace are non-negotiable aspects of compliance for NDT companies in the water utility sector. 

Beyond the legal obligations outlined in various occupational health and safety acts, creating a safe work environment is important for us at NDT Group. 

Our Health and Safety policy outlines our expectations for all employees and contractors, including: 

  • Providing safe and healthy working conditions;
  • Identifying and managing QHSE risks and opportunities;
  • Eliminating hazards and reducing risks; 
  • Protecting the environment; 
  • Satisfying applicable legal and other requirements;
  • Ensuring tests are carried out in accordance with stated methods; and
  • Ensuring all technical data, quality records and all intellectual property is properly maintained as required. 

Registering with safety bodies: a proactive approach to compliance

Registering with safety bodies is a proactive step that we take to demonstrate our commitment to compliance. 

Being registered with safety bodies ensures that we are up to date with the latest industry standards. 

Membership of different bodies, like BINDT, the British Safety Council and SafeContractor, demonstrates that we meet a high standard of health and safety. 

We also hold an ISO 9001: 2015 certificate that demonstrates that we meet the requirements for Quality Management Systems, to manage our processes and systems to ensure customer requirements can be achieved. 

Want to know more about compliance and NDT? We are happy to talk to you through our commitment to compliance. Contact us for more information. 

Navigating the compliance landscape

Compliance for NDT testing services within the water utility sector doesn’t stop once you have a certificate, it is an ongoing process. 

We have an ongoing commitment to compliance which is seen in various areas of our work. 

We pride ourselves that our team has a high level of training and we are supportive of our technicians undertaking additional training courses to improve their skills. 

We are committed to reviewing our Health and Safety policy each year to ensure that we are doing everything we can to provide a safe work environment for all. 

We have a dedicated Quality Coordinator who is constantly assessing our compliance levels. 

NDT for the water utility sector 

Our NDT Innovation division operates as the Water Utility Industry inspection division of NDT Group. 

We work in partnership with WRc Infrastructure to deliver NDT solutions to Water Management companies all over the world. 

Our commitment to compliance is seen in our dedication and determination to deliver the best possible service for you in this sector. 

Interested? We have experience of delivering NDT solutions to the water utility industry. Contact us for more information. 

Compliance and NDT 

At NDT Group, compliance and NDT go hand in hand. 

Ensuring that our technicians are not just adequately trained but continuously upskilled aligns with our dedication to delivering top-notch services. 

A robust health and safety policy is not merely a regulatory checkbox but a genuine pledge to prioritise the well-being of our workforce, fostering a culture where every team member feels secure and valued when working in dangerous situations. 

Moreover, our proactive approach to registering with safety bodies is not merely a legal obligation; it’s a decision to stay at the forefront of industry best practices, driving innovation and resilience. 

At NDT Group, compliance demonstrates our commitment to excellence, safety, and responsibility.

Responsive testing that delivers assurance that your equipment is safe.

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