Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs in Oranmore Co. Galway is the first bodyshop in the west of Ireland to achieve Certified Steel Standard (CSS) certification.
To achieve CSS certification, a bodyshop must pass an independent audit of their personnel, equipment, the suitability of their repair methods and the quality of their repair materials, which are inspected against set criteria.
The standard incorporates the industry agreed technical specification for the process of vehicle structural body repair.
CSS is the first standard of its kind in Ireland and is the outcome of two years extensive discussion and technical consideration. CSS details the minimum requirements for competent personnel, appropriate and well-maintained equipment, suitable repair methods and quality of repair materials.
As more and more bodyshops receive their CSS accreditation, there should be a nationwide network of certified CSS bodyshops by early next year.