Inspection activity focusing on precast and concrete plants is carried out under relevant standards and specification (e.g., of the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic, which are technical and quality requirements or specific technical and quality requirements) at the plant location by an independent third party – an inspection body – in accordance with established accredited inspection procedures. Within inspection activity, the inspection body performs the following:
- it examines the causes of nonconformities, i.e., it collects and analyses information for arbitration purposes, to assess the status. The outcome is the inspection report, which clearly identifies compliance or non-compliance with a specific standard, project documentation, technology, legislative requirements or other specification. In the event of any nonconformities, it establishes specific corrective measures to eliminate them;
- or, based on its findings, it confirms quality, i.e., the current status of implementation, its output being both the inspection report and the inspection certificate. This independent activity increases customer confidence in the final product.
It is a comprehensive and unbiased examination, because the representatives of the inspection body carrying out inspection of the plant may not be involved in any laboratory tests and measurements, product conformity assessment or the conducting of identification tests, formulas and other tests in the same plant. Inspection activity is focused on:
- initial records
- identification tests
- plant documentation
- warehousing and its identification
- input material inspection
- ensuring the inspection of production and parameters of fresh concrete
- ensuring the inspection of hardened concrete
- records of the sampling, tests carried out, and archiving
- regulation of production
- dosing equipment
- production facilities
- sampling point
- test laboratory
- welding methods
- pWPS, WPQR, WPS
The emphasis is not only on the keeping of primary records in production, but also on their credibility. Initial production records are used to assess compliance with legislative requirements, standards and specifications.
The main benefit of inspection activity is to provide high-quality and objective information on compliance with applicable legislation, regulations, standards or other specifications (e.g., technical and quality requirements or specific technical and quality requirements) for products, processes, technology, plants and equipment. Evaluation is carried out using statistical methods and comparison with legislative requirements, relevant standards and specifications. Inspection activity determines (assesses) whether the plant is in conformity with specific requirements or whether, based on professional assessment, it fulfils all the necessary requirements. The ordering party or investor receives an evaluation (in the form of an inspection report and inspection certificate) from an independent third party on the extent to which the requirements of the ordering party (investor), legislation, and relevant standards and regulations have been met. In the event of any nonconformities, the inspection report specifies corrective measures to eliminate them.