Enforcement

Certification by the CWB is not a one-time exercise. Certified companies must continually demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the certification standard. This includes testing of new welders, retesting of existing welders, qualification of new welding procedures and ongoing verification of visual weld quality.

The CWB conducts onsite audits of all certificated companies at a frequency of no less than six months. Companies found to be in non-compliance with the requirement of the standard are given a defined period of time to put a corrective action in place or their certification will be withdrawn.

Enforcement Updates

April 2018 to Year-to-Date

Complaint/False Certification Claim Received Actioned Resolved Investigation On-going
False Claims of Certification 28 28 24 4
Use of Unqualified Welders 1 1 1 0
Non-Compliance to Certification Standards 15 15 12 3
Use of Non-Certified Companies 30 30 25 5
Quality and/or Public Safety Issues 13 13 9 4
Totals 87 87 71 16
Job Site Visits
Total Visits 584
Non-Certified Companies 20

The CWB Office of Public Safety investigates complaints from the public related to the work of certified companies, including non-compliance with the standard and weld quality issues. We will work with the company to resolve the relevant issues, involving additional parties as required. Again, companies that do not satisfactorily resolve any identified issues will have their certification withdrawn.

Additionally, the CWB conducts construction site visits to ensure that fabricators and erectors involved in construction projects are correctly certified for the work they are undertaking. The results of these site visits are communicated to the local Site Superintendent. Additionally, should the fabricators and erectors not be correctly certified, the CWB Office of Public Safety will inform the responsible Building Official or regulator of our findings.

To request a complaints investigation, a construction site visit or other enforcement related activities, please click here.