New industry Code of Practice for Ironwork Systems Installation and Refurbishment.

A new industry Code of Practice for Ironwork Systems Installation and Refurbishment has been published by the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) to help increase the service life of ironwork reinstatements.

The code has been reviewed and endorsed by Highways England and ADEPT and promotes industry best practice and a right first time approach to help prolong the life of ironwork installations as well as minimise return visits, customer complaints and any potential public health and safety issues associated with failed ironwork.

The Code provides guidance on how to avoid early life failure, how to achieve a high quality installation and ensure a high quality repair. It covers installation and refurbishment of ironwork systems including gulley tops and chamber covers. The Code cross references HA104/09 Chamber Tops and Gulley Tops for Road Drainage and Services: Installation and Maintenance in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. It also cross references the Specification for Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (SROH).

The Code considers all aspects of installation and maintenance, including potential areas for failure. It consolidates existing industry experience into one document offering comprehensive industry best practice. Particular advice is given for brickwork supporting the frame and cover, bedding mortar selection and backfill selection around the ironwork installation plus surfacing and over-banding around the ironwork installation.

The health and safety, environment, training and quality assurance responsibilities of client and contractor are also set out by the code. It also provides guidance on site planning, programming, co-ordination and traffic management. A useful inclusion is the pre-contract, on-site and post-contract check-lists. Copies of the Code of Practice for Ironwork Systems Installation and Refurbishment may be downloaded from the RSTA website.

If you would like to know more, please contact David Youell,  Vice chairman , Ironwork Installation & Refurbishment sub-committee, RSTA.
Tel: 07970 814330