Mastic Asphalt Council contractors are subjected to quality inspections and independent assessments throughout the period of their membership. The leading trade body maintains a level of independence by receiving half its funding from the material's manufacturers.
When a contractor applies to join, inspections are carried out on two completed jobs and one current job. The council then checks client references and the contractor's probity, then carries out one-off inspections to ensure health and safety regulations, risk management and COSHH requirements are being followed, and that the company has the necessary supervisory expertise and is working in accordance with the relevant codes of practice.
Success leads to a 12-month probationary membership period, followed by full membership, during which inspections are carried out yearly or twice yearly.
MAC director John Blowers believes these inspections are essential in maintaining a high level of quality. 'However good the material, and however long it lasts, it has to be installed properly to prove totally successful, ' he says. 'Our comprehensive system of assessment guarantees the first-class reputation of both mastic asphalt as a product and the MAC membership as among the finest craftsmen in construction today.'
The council also supervises education of its members, and currently offers a £1,000 bonus to each apprentice who continues beyond the industry minimum of NVQ Level 2 to achieve the more advanced Level 3. It has also negotiated a £150 per week minimum wage for young apprentices.