In The Beginning...
In 1997, two newly established independent Engineer Surveyors in the process of developing their own statutory plant inspection portfolios, met to discuss a range of technical and resourcing issues surrounding statutory compliance thorough examination & testing of engineering plant and equipment.
These Guys first arranged a series of informal meetings, and offered invitations nationally, to anyone operating independently, providing the same, or equivalent professional engineering inspection services in their market, hoping to generate some interest in expanding the group. Very quickly they realized the huge benefits of sharing technical information and inspection resources with other independent Engineer Surveyors who had been brave enough to venture out on their own.
Within a year of their first meeting, a group of six independent inspection businesses formally established INITA (Independent National Inspection & Testing Association) in 1998, and invited carefully selected other professionally qualified and properly insured independent Engineer Surveyors operating in the same market to join. From this point INITA really started to grow.
The Next Step...
The next significant step taken by INITA was to make official contact with the Health & Safety Executive, who ever since, have afforded us the time of their Principal or Senior Engineering Inspectors to make presentations on statutory compliance issues of mutual interest and concern to us all at our periodic meetings and conferences.
The Health & Safety Executive Engineering Specialists and Inspectors have developed an enduring regular dialog with INITA, derived from their appreciation of the fact that INITA members are predominantly "coal-face" Engineer Surveyors, who have direct “hands on” experience of actually doing the job on site, and out in the field.
Following INITA meetings, the feedback received from the invited Health & Safety Executive guest speakers, regularly compliments the well informed standard of discourse they enjoy with the INITA membership concerning engineering safety issues of mutual interest and concern, both within the Health & Safety Executive Engineering Compliance Departments, and amongst the INITA membership.
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