Esprit update on windscreen repair standards

Over the past 2 years, the British Standards Institute (BSI) has conducted a review of the standards that cover windscreen repair processes.

Esprit Windscreen Repair Equipment were part of the panel convened to review and update these standards. The Code of Practice governing windscreen repairs is now called BS AU 242b:2022. There will be a one-year transition period meaning the old and the new standards will run in parallel until 31 March 2023. The main purpose of the review was to incorporate ADAS and camera technology into the repair zones, as well as to focus on training requirements.

BS AU 242b:2022 is a voluntary Code of Practice that sets out suggested procedures and guidelines for technicians performing windscreen repairs. It outlines the suggested industry practice in a number of areas – competency, repair zones and sizes, repair practices and record keeping.

The major changes were:

– Reduce the number of repair zones and amend the suggested repair sizes
– Restrict repairs in front of windscreen technology (e.g., ADAS, HUD)
– Increase the record keeping and management processes of repair organisations
– Formalise training requirements for technicians – particularly a refresher to account for the updated
measures within the revised Code of Practice.

It is important for technicians to be aware:
– Esprit have updated training materials/ repair templates to show the new repair zones and the updated
versions will be marked with the new reference BS AU 242b:2022.
– Esprit equipment, resin and trained repair processes remain compliant with the new Code of Practice.
– Esprit is IMI accredited and our training will ensure your technicians meet the definitions of competency
within the new Code of Practice. We can also offer online refresher courses to ensure formal training has
taken place at regular intervals.

Repair Zones and sizes
Previously, the screen was divided into four zones; A, B, C and D. Different sizes of damage could be repaired in each zone. Now, the screen is split into zones A and B (see diagram) and 20mm of damage can be repaired in zone A, and 40mm in zone B. Any damage post repair should be “invisible or barely detectable”, which is in line with MOT standards.

Repairs and ADAS technology

The new standard recommends that no repairs be conducted which may interfere with windscreen technology such as ADAS cameras – shown in the black hatched area of the diagram.

Training and Competency

The Code of Practice specifies that competency is achieved by auditable and verifiable current abilities, evidenced by;

  1. Successful completion of assessed outcomes of knowledge and performance
  2. 2. Externally quality assured by an independent third party within the last five years.

Record Keeping

For each repair, the technician should be recording a variety of information, including;
– Invoice number and date
– Date of repair
– Name and address and identification of repairer
– Name and address of customer
– Registration number, make and model of vehicle
– Details of work carried out including type and location of damage
– Resin batch number and use by date

At Esprit, we can help you ensure that your technicians are compliant with the new Guidelines. We are an IMI accredited training centre, offering online or onsite training. As Esprit were on the panel reviewing the BSI guidelines, we have a full and in depth knowledge of them, and look forward to sharing our knowledge with the industry as a whole.

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