Accreditation & Grading

  1. Are You SABS approved?
    • The question is in fact a misnomer and begs clarification before it can be answered. This could indeed have been the correct question to ask prior to the repeal of the Standards Act, 1945 (Act No. 24 of 1945), which was replaced by the new Standards Act, No. 8 of 2008. By which the SABS is currently governed as the peak national standards body with no regulatory functions.

      All South African standards that were previously published by the South African Bureau of Standards with the prefix "SABS" have been redesignated as a South African National Standards and are now published by Standards South Africa (a division of SABS with the prefix "SANS".

      The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is recognised by the South African Government as the Single National Accreditation Body that gives formal recognition that Laboratories, Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Proficiency Testing Scheme Providers and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) test facilities are competent to carry out specific tasks.  SANAS certificates and their accompanying schedules are a formal recognition that an organisation is competent to perform specific tasks.

      South African Technical Auditing Services (PTY) LTD (SATAS) is accredited by The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) as a Product Certification Body for the manufacturers of different products as listed in the scope of accreditation. The South African National Standard [for Monoplaner Prefabricated Timber Roof Trusses (nail plated)] - SANS 1900 governs the manufacture of Roof Trusses in South Africa.  Both SABS and SATAS Comply with ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996 for Product Certification under SANS 1900.

      LCP Roofing (Pty)Ltd operates under the SANS 1900 scheme and is therefore granted permission to apply the SATAS logo to wood and wood products EAC 6 DD, manufactured and in compliance with SANS 1900.

  2. Does that mean that a Truss Plant / Fabricator that operates under SANS 1900 is either SATAS or SABS quality approved?
    • Yes, a Truss Fabricator will be permitted to apply either the SATAS or the SABS logo to its manufactured product.

  3. Can a Truss Fabricator apply BOTH marks?
    • Yes, technically this would be possible but as both marks operate according to and comply with SANS 1900, ie: identical requirements, practically this is not necessary.

  4. So, do ALL Truss plants operate under, and are permitted to apply the product certification body's marks?
    • No, they do NOT. As of January 2012 there are only 4 Fabricators in South Africa that are SATAS certified and 2 Fabricators that are SABS certified.

  5. My quote has a SABS logo on it, does this mean I'm buying with confidence?
    • Not necessarily, look again carefully.
       South African Fabricators use one of four design "SYSTEMS" - These "systems" are permitted to apply the SABS mark in respect of the DESIGN software and the nail plates used to fabricate the trusses. This mark APPLIES to the SYSTEM and NOT THE FABRICATOR.

      There is NO GUARANTEE that the fabricator is indeed deemed competent enough or GRADED to design & manufacture your trusses to the required quality standards.

      LCP Roofing is a SATAS Quality approved Fabricator and operates under licence from International Truss Systems (ITS). International Truss Systems is an ISO 9001 certified Organisation.

  6. How often is your Truss Plant inspected or audited?
    • As mentioned before, there are only Six Fabricators in SA who currently operate under SANS 1900 and who receive regular inspections and audits. These audits and inspections vary but are a minimum of 6 unannounced audits and 2 FULL Planned audits per year.

      ALL Other fabricators in SA (as of January 2012 there are 226) are subjected to audits by the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA). Unfortunately, due to a manpower shortage these audits are conducted only once a year and in some instances plants were last audited 2 years ago. The ITC-SA is currently undergoing a major "makeover" and plans are afoot to increase the audit frequency.  Our advice to you - the consumer, is: Only employ a Fabricator who can guarantee you of the quality you require and who is independently audited.

  7. Grading is mentioned above, what does it mean in this context?
    • The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) has a grading system for Truss Fabricators and Erectors. LCP Roofing is both an "A" Graded FABRICATOR and an "A" Graded ERECTOR.

      These gradings determine, inter-alia, the competence of the estimators and the designers, record keeping, administration systems and fabrication quality control.

  8. How does the Grading system work?
    • Below is an extract from the ITC-SA website. There is also a list on their website of the Fabricator gradings.

      A B C D
      (Complex roofs, including): (Complex Domestic and Simple Industrial and Commercial Roofs, including up to 10 meter span): (Simple roofs up to and including 8.5 meter span with standard loadings and including the following): (Simple Roofs up to and including 6.6 meter spans with standard loadings and including the following):
      1. Scissors Trusses > 5 meters span
      2. Site Splicing
      3. Attics and Dormers
      4. Large spans &gt 10 meters
      5. Piggy back trusses
      6. Cantilevers &gt 2 meters span
      7. Complex Industrial
      8. Complex Commercial
      9. Laminated Timber Roof Structures
      10. Public Schools and Buildings
      1. Hips and Valleys up to 10 meter span
      2. Non-standard Loads
      3. Scissor Trusses up to 5 meters
      1. Valleys
      2. Girders with hangers and/or metal cleats
      3. Stub ends
      4. Cantilevers up to 2 meters span
      5. Simple Hips up to 8.5 meters span
      6. Minimum pitch of 5 degrees
      1. Small valleys up to 3 meters span
      2. No Hips