The Bureau of Standards Jamaica, BSJ, through its Testing and Industrial Services,TIS, Branch, continues to lend support to operators in the construction industry.

Speaking at a recent Think Tank, Manager of the Branch, Richard Lawrence, said that a wide range of services are offered to meet the requirements of individuals and private and public-sector operators.

He noted that businesses that use the services of the TIS Branch “will have access to international experts through the BSJ.

Mr. Lawrence says they’ll customise their service to meet the demands by providing access to construction standards and building codes, so that persons can design and build correctly from the get-go, among other things.

He says with the BSJ serving as a facilitator of business development and trade, they’re saying to the public that they’re a quality assurance resource, and are here to help.

The TIS Branch performs testing on a wide range of building and civil engineering materials.

The Branch also conducts technical assessments of building systems, on-site building defect investigations and participates in the review and the development of national and international standards, including the Jamaica National Building Codes.

It has three main laboratories – Concrete and Masonry Units, Aggregates, and Cement.

Mr. Lawrence explained that the Concrete and Masonry Units Lab is where testing is done on curb walls used along the roadside or in gardens, concrete blocks, concrete cylinders, and tiles.