Why is ISO 3834 Important to your company?

20/05/2020 - by darren.donnison

Having a competitive edge

European and International Standard compliance is having an effect on manufacturing and fabricating companies. To be keep up to date, be competitive and compliant you have to adhere to an array of requirements which can change daily.

Several organisations have certification to ISO 9001 which demonstrates adhering to a quality management system. However, welding is a special process. ISO 9001 certification is not sufficiently detailed to ensure the requirements of the company to manufacture welded products are covered.

Certification to BS EN ISO 3834 demonstrates welding compliance and can enhance the manufacturing company's reputation and its ability to sell its products in both domestic and overseas markets. Compliance with EN ISO 3834 gives a global recognition of your company's welding capability.

People are the key to EN ISO 3834

BS EN ISO 3834 Quality Requirements for Fusion Welding of Metallic Materials provides the requirements of how to control your welding and welding-related operations to ensure that your quality remains consistent. The essential part of the standard is to ensure that people with welding responsibilities can demonstrate they are competent to undertake those duties. This is demonstrated by complying with another standard: BS EN ISO 14731 'Welding Co-ordination-Tasks and Responsibilities'.

BS EN ISO 14731 'Welding Co-ordination-Tasks and Responsibilities'.

Welding Coordination covers many different welding and welding related tasks. This typically includes the following:

  • Review of contract requirements at the bid stage
  • Technical review after award of contract
  • Control of Sub-contracting activities
  • Control of Welding personnel
  • Control of Equipment (Calibration, maintenance etc.)
  • Production welding planning
  • Qualification of welding procedures
  • Producing and endorsing Welding procedure specifications
  • Control and approval of production Welding consumables
  • Materials
  • Inspection and testing before, during and after welding
  • Post-weld heat treatment
  • NDT
  • Welding Non-conformance and corrective actions
  • Calibration and validation of measuring, inspection and testing equipment
  • Identification and traceability (weld history sheets)
  • Quality records.