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06 November 2016

How to Write a Better Inspection & Test Plan (ITP)

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In construction, quality control can be the difference between buildings that stay up and those which fall down. But completing quality projects doesn’t happen without systematic procedures.

Inspection & Test Plans (ITPs) provide a clear guide about when, what and how inspections have to be done on site. They’re a common tool used in meeting the ISO 9001 standard of quality management.

Below we explore seven best practices to ensure your ITP works for you.

 

1. Use an ITP Form

Creating an ITP from scratch can be difficult, which is why templates like ours are so useful. It’ll give you a good idea of structure and approach, and allows you to tailor your ITP for your own projects.

 

2. List Your Task Inspections

Now it’s time to fill out your ITP form by listing your task inspections. For each inspection, include Definable Features of Work (DFOW). This is an explanation of the particular features of each inspection and the steps that need to be followed. It’s also important that it follows the same sequence that’s described in the Work Methods Statement. This ensures that the job is done right and inspected correctly.

 

3. Add Your Milestone Inspections

These are the inspections required at major points of your projects. Especially at these “make or break” times. For example, a milestone inspection may be necessary at the completion of each foundation or at each floor in a high-rise building.

 

4. Include Reference Documents

Be sure to include all important documents and references needed to undertake your ITP. Different inspections require specific checks and must meet particular standards. Having these documents handy will ensure your ITP runs smoothly and efficiently.

 

5. Make a Note of Responsibilities

You should be clear about who is responsible for specific inspections before you begin your project. There’s already enough happening on site to need to wrangle individuals each time an inspection is required. Having this information displayed clearly on the ITP will solve this problem and ensure your inspection process is efficient.

 

6. Invite the Client to Witness the ITP

Clients have a lot invested in your project, so they want to be sure your quality management system is functioning to standard. Invite the client to witness an ITP and sign off that they were happy with how it went. It’ll give them added confidence in your company and encourage them to spread the word about your work through their networks.

 

7. Display Times and Dates of Inspections

It’s absolutely vital that the time and date of inspections are listed on the ITP, including any other form, checklist or record used. And don’t forget to sign off that it was witnessed by you. This not only helps you know how the project progressed if you look back through your records, it also provides necessary detail which could save you in the case of legal proceedings.

ITPs are hugely important tools for quality control in the construction industry. Ensure you follow these tips closely and your ITPs will start improving the quality of your future projects.

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