Following the replacement of the Boiler lifts and cranes Act 1950, which was previously administered by the Ministry of Transport, with the Health and Safety in Employment Act, OSH were provided with powers to prosecute employers at fault, but had no mechanism for ensuring that appropriate engineering resources or standards of inspection of plant were available and implemented.
Similarly, industry could no longer rely on regular visits by Government MOT inspectors to “sign off” their plant as safe. The provision of these services of third party inspection was privatised and undertaken by inspection bodies acting in accordance with the PECPR Regulations for the inspection and certification of their plant.
The Certification Board for Inspection Personnel (CBIP) was established in 1983, with delegations from OSH, and with the support of industry and HERA, to provide a mechanism for examining and certificating inspection personnel, thus ensuring that industry was provided with a pool of inspection personnel with a proven level of competency.
CBIP developed and operates the scheme that examines and certificates persons who are involved in the engineering, servicing and manufacturing industries using any or all of the NDT systems for inspection of components, Welding, Coating Inspection, in combination with the regulatory inspection requirements for Pressure Equipment inspection, Cranes and Elevated work Platforms, Passenger Ropeways and Lift Inspection.
In 2004 a Memorandum of Understanding was reached with Hera. The basis was that the NDTA is a professional association interested in and promoting the “Learned Body” status of NDTA and other professional aspects of its members. CBIP provides examinations and subsequent certification of proficiency for a wide variety of
CBIP subsequently out sourced its examination process to AINDT for a period of two years. During 2008, examination process was managed by CBIP from New Zealand, and it is envisaged that this will continue in the future.
The scope of CBIP certifications has extended in the last few years and the legislation requirements combined with the multi fabrication standards necessitates that CBIP has needed to address these changing conditions. This meant more work and higher costs to an already stretched volunteer resource.
In 2008 CBIP opened an office in New Plymouth and appointed a Business Manager to manage all exam processes and provide a point of contact for members.