Canadian Welding Bureau survey shows overwhelming support for trade
TORONTO, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - When it comes to safety, Canadians trust
expert industry approval. According to a recent survey commissioned by
the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB), 97 per cent of Canadians agree that
construction work, including welding contractors and steel fabricators,
should be overseen by a national organization and held to a common
CWB is the regulator of welding professionals and companies throughout
Canada, and works to ensure that each project involving welding is
completed and overseen by certified and accredited professionals.
Craig Martin, Vice President of Public Safety at CWB, said, "Since
founding CWB in 1947, Canadians have taken a position of leadership in
the global welding industry and developed one of the first welding
certification standards to ensure that the welding process provided
consistent and high quality results. We are a standard Canadians should
be proud of."
But there is a contradiction amongst survey recipients. When asked to
rank importance of features when it comes to keeping Canadian
buildings, bridges and other key infrastructure, such as pipelines safe
- design comes out on top (39 per cent ranking it as important) while
certified tradespeople comes out near the bottom (13 per cent ranking
this as important). Quality of materials comes in second (26 per cent)
and regular inspection third (21 per cent).
"Most people assume that if a bridge or building is designed to meet the
standards it is being built to those standards," continues Martin.
"Unfortunately that is not always the case. Industry needs to continue
to enforce those standards from design through to building and
When considering the safety of a product, nearly all Canadians feel that
expert industry approval is important, and three in four (76 per cent)
view it as very important. Almost half of us consider products made in
Canada to be safer than those made elsewhere (44 per cent).
"Welding is all around us, so being able to count on an industry
standard should be important to all Canadians," said Martin.
CWB's certification programs have expanded beyond the welding of steel
to offer programs for aluminum welding, resistance welding, welding
electrodes and welding inspectors, among others. In all cases, the
programs are based on standards produced by the Canadian Standards
For more information on CWB or to find out how to become certified,
About the Survey:
As part of a national online omnibus survey, Canadian residents were
asked a series of questions regarding the safety of products and
infrastructure, accreditation for internationally trained workers, and
the need for national oversight and standards.
Surveys were conducted with 1,017 residents over the age of 18. Sample
quotas were set and the data were statistically weighted to ensure the
sample's regional, age and gender composition reflects that of the
actual Canadian population according to the 2011 Census.
The survey took place from November 26 to 30, 2012.
About CWB Group:
The CWB Group is a not-for-profit organization that is nationally
responsible for the certification of welding companies and
qualification of welders, ensuring Canadian code and standard
compliance, and best practices are met by all welding establishments
and educational institutions across Canada. For over 65 years, the CWB
has been at the forefront of maintaining public safety while
administering various CSA standards, certified welding companies,
consumables and qualified welders. With offices in Alberta, Manitoba,
Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, the CWB's team of 180 staff provide
services from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.
SOURCE: The Canadian Welding Bureau
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