ZCSA Cautions SMEs on Substandard Door Frames

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) is issuing a stern warning to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) involved in the production of Pressed Steel Door Frames, urging them to adhere to mandatory specifications before supplying these products on the market.

According to the Zambian Standard (ZS) 357, specific guidelines must be followed in the production of Pressed Door Frames to ensure public safety, health, and environmental protection. These specifications cover crucial aspects such as sizes, fittings, and finish for the Pressed Steel Door Frames.

One of the key requirements highlighted in the standard pertains to the material used. Pressed Steel Door Frames are supposed to be manufactured from good commercial quality mild steel, with a minimum thickness of 1.2 millimeters (mm). However, the ZCSA has observed that a significant number of Pressed Steel Door Frames currently available on the market, especially those produced by SMEs, fail to meet these mandatory standards.

The consequences of substandard Door Frames are detrimental to the country’s construction industry, as these compromised products do not possess the durability required for long-lasting structures. Such subpar frames pose risks to public safety and can lead to premature damage, undermining the integrity of buildings and causing financial losses to consumers and businesses alike.

It is important to note that it is illegal for any entity to supply Pressed Steel Door Frames on the market without proper authorization from the ZCSA. In light of these concerning developments, the ZCSA has announced plans to embark on capacity-building initiatives for SMEs. The aim is to equip these enterprises with the knowledge and skills necessary to produce high-quality Pressed Steel Door Frames that meet the prescribed standards before entering the market.

The creation of the Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) under the Compulsory Standards Act No.3 of 2017 is centered on administering, maintaining, and enforcing compliance with compulsory standards. These standards are in place to uphold public safety and health, ensure consumer protection, and safeguard the environment.

The ZCSA’s call for compliance comes as a crucial reminder to all SMEs engaged in the production and supply of Pressed Steel Door Frames. By adhering to the prescribed mandatory standards, these enterprises will not only contribute to the safety and well-being of the public but also elevate the overall quality and reputation of Zambia’s construction industry.

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