Operational and safety failures or errors are an ongoing challenge in the construction industry, and finding a solution to this is a priority for construction businesses. Managing operational and safety failures will reduce losses, litigation risks and staff injuries. Therefore, using an ITP in construction is a valuable tool to have in your construction business toolbox.
What Does An ITP Test?
There are many different testing and inspection tasks that can benefit from an ITP. For example, materials can be put through a destructive test when a project is in the initial construction phase to verify the adequacy of their properties. Employees’ skill levels with the materials can also be verified.
The testing can be executed via different modalities such as a thorough visual inspection, pH testing, ultrasonic testing, radiographic testing, etc. The ITP will determine the timing and regularity of these inspections and will note the auditing intervals to ensure all inspections are performed going forward, with the appropriate recording of them.
ITPs are not only used in the construction industry but also play a huge role, especially in relation to bridges, buildings, and roads. These require periodic safety inspections and tests. The oil and gas industries also use ITPs extensively as pipelines corrode over time due to the liquids they transport. The ITP will assist greatly in preventing pipeline failure.
How Do You Use An ITP?
The most time-efficient way to start with an ITP process is to use industry standard templates that are specific per trade or overall builder packs. A builder’s pack will consist of a set of 63 Inspection Test Plans (ITPs), and each trade ITP Inspection Test Plan will have complete and comprehensive documents. These documents lay out the critical points of the job at various stages and the scheduled inspections and verifications.
Each inspection will need a Definable Features of Work (DFOW) which is an explanation of the inspection and the required steps. The sequence must follow the sequence stated in the Work Methods Statement. This ensures correct work and correct inspections.
Responsibility for inspections should be clearly assigned prior to project commencement and should be displayed clearly on the ITP.
ITPs play a very important role in quality control and in strengthening a construction company’s reputation and bottom line. Therefore, using them will positively impact the upkeep of high standards.
If you want to improve your profits and reduce your downtime in construction projects, use our trade specific or full builder ITP packs to swiftly get your quality control stabilised. Otherwise, give us a call today to learn more!