One of the ways to implement welding safety is by conducting a proper training and equipping individuals with competencies in welding.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) in a bid to address the challenges limiting the growth of trade and industries in Kenya and improve on welding safety; launched a Welders Certification Scheme – a training solution aimed at equipping individuals with competencies in welding; based on national and international standards.
Through their website, KEBS informed the public that the scheme will introduce a three-year renewable global certification to applicable national and international standards including ISO 15607, ISO 9606-1, ISO 17846, ISO 3834 parts 1-6, ISO 17024, among others.
Poor quality welds results in damage to property, injuries, and even fatalities. Through the scheme, KEBS will be in a position to periodically assess the competence of welders to reduce these instances.
The newly launched scheme details requirements for assurance of welding and fabricating competence. It will also provide welders with numerous opportunities for career and professional development as well as networking opportunities.
It is expected that the Welders Certification Scheme will first track the expansion of industries and sectors such as general Industries transport, mining, building and construction, manufacturing, marine and shipbuilding, oil and gas chemical and energy sectors, that incorporate welding as part of their technical and physical operations.