Over the past few years, questions have occasionally been raised as to the necessity of a British Standard to windscreen repairs. This standard was originally introduced back in 1994, and it has been occasionally suggested that this test is now obsolete, especially given so many new entrants into the windscreen repair market. Esprit are on the panel currently discussing the future of BSI 251 and 242.
As one of the holders of the British Standard, Esprit is convinced that it is a vital part of consumers’ ability to make educated choices as to the products they use in their windscreen repair decisions, as well as being important in maintaining high standards in the repair industry as a whole.
What are the tests?
The standard that any repair has to meet to pass BS AU 251 is aligned to the tests used to approve the strength, clarity and safety that a new windscreen has to meet. Therefore, a repair system that is compliant with the current BS AU 251 is producing a repair which performs in line with the standard governing a new windscreen coming into production (ECE43). BS 242 is associated with how the repair is carried out – what type of damage can be repaired, and where on the screen, as well as training requirements. The panel is currently preparing new draft guidelines concerning changes to BS 242 and we will update you with these in next month’s newsletter, once they are finalised. These proposed changes include exclusion zones for ADAS cameras, increasing the sizes of damage that can be repaired and reducing the number of zone classifications on the screen.
BS AU 251 tests both the repair system and the resin to ensure the the repairs it carries out meet the high standard.
Resin on its own cannot pass the standard – it has to be used in conjunction with a passing repair system, and indeed a repair system used with non complying resin is actually non compliant with the standard. Therefore BSI accreditation is awarded to systems that carry out a passing repair – not singular parts of a repair system.
Lack of testing facilities
Unfortunately, there are a lack of testing facilities, meaning that even if companies wish to obtain BS AU 251 accreditation, it is difficult to do so at this stage. Esprit would welcome much greater access for all companies to undertake the relevant testing. The reputation of the repair industry is reliant on high standards. Customers need to know that repairs that are carried out will not weaken the screen, cloud over or cause more damage in the case of an accident. If testing is widely available to all, customers will be able to make informed decisions about which product they wish to use. Esprit would welcome this to ensure that safety standards in the industry are maintained – a win for all consumers.
For our customers, tell your end users that they’re getting a repair to British Standards by choosing Esprit.
Do you have comments on BSI? Would you welcome more testing and accreditation of systems? How important is BSI to you in your work? Email us and let us know your thoughts. We’ll keep you updated as to decisions that the panel makes.