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assessment - results in the candidate being eligible to obtain a FASET CSCS stair tower erector card.

FASET have also recently piloted the latest course in safety net repairing. This introduces a common standard of repair where previously there were a number of methods practiced, leaving the end user confused as to whether the repair was suitable or not.

INTERNATIONAL POWERED ACCESS FEDERATION (IPAF): SAFETY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED Spreader plates should always be used with boom- type mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP’s) when fully supported on their outriggers. That’s the vital message behind IPAF’s new ‘Spread the Load!’ safety campaign. Spreader plates should be used with all other MEWP’s that have outriggers unless a risk assessment indicates they are not necessary.

MEWP’s are very safe and stable, but incorrect set-up can cause instability and lead to overturning. The campaign gives clear and practical guidance on when and how to use spreader plates. Leaflets, posters, stickers and a video, available in different languages, can be viewed and downloaded at

LADDER ASSOCIATION: LADDER-RELATED INJURIES CONTINUE TO FALL For the second year running, figures released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that the number of injuries involving the use of ladders has fallen

from 2132 in 2007/08 to 2011 in 2008/09 and 1817 in 20009/10. This despite an average overall increase of 51% in the total number of falls from height reported to HSE over the same period. The figure of 1817 compares with 2631 ladder-related injuries reported to HSE in 2001/02, a drop of 30%.

Encouraged by the contribution that its national training programme has made to helping reducing these figures, the Association has recently released an additional training course: Ladder Inspection for Non Users. It has also launched ‘Step Change’, an electronic newsletter for ladder users and those responsible for overseeing the work of ladder users.


NATIONAL ACCESS & SCAFFOLDING CONFEDERATION (NASC): MEMBERSHIP UP AND INCIDENTS DOWN The NASC recently released its latest annual statistics from its membership - approximately 75% of the UK’s scaffolding market - regarding scaffolding safety performance. Despite the tough economic climate, membership grew by 12% and incidents decreased by 20% compared with the previous year. The NASC continues to drive scaffolding standards forward by lobbying for insistence that all scaffolding contractors should be regulated to the same precise standards as that of NASC members.

The NASC also recently introduced free guidance to help those appointing or

managing contractors covering the criteria they should demand from scaffolding contractors, whether regulated or not.

PREFABRICATED ACCESS SUPPLIERS’ AND MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION (PASMA): nationwide seminars focus on approved methods of assembly

The fall protection review recently completed by PASMA - in collaboration with HSE - recommended that PASMA’s ‘Towers for Users’ training module be enhanced by the mandatory inclusion of both recommended assembly methods: Through the Trap (3T) and Advanced Guardrail (AGR). The review also recommended an education programme - currently in progress via nationwide seminars as part of its CPD scheme - to ensure that all PASMA instructors are fully conversant with, and have supporting in-depth knowledge of, the developments in AGR’s - and particularly the latest generation of AGR’s.

The Association has also announced the imminent release of several new training courses and an inaugural ‘PASMA Tower Week’ planned for 2012.

SPECIALIST ACCESS ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION (SAEMA): ‘EARLY USE AGREEMENT’ NOW AVAILABLE SAEMA members sit on the British and European standard’s committees, which govern the equipment for accessing the facades of buildings for installation, cleaning and maintenance activities. The Association

has recently produced an ‘Early Use Agreement’ to ensure that all parties involved in a project meet the requirements of the LOLER regulations when an access system is being used during the construction phase of a project.

The Association is also developing guidance notes and presentations for duty holders - facility management companies, building owners and developers -

to allow them to better understand their roles under the current CDM regulations.

WORK AT HEIGHT SAFETY ASSOCIATION (WAHSA): GUIDANCE NOTES UNDER REVISION WAHSA acts as the UK lead body representing the interests of manufacturers, assemblers, installers and end users of personal protection equipment used for work at height and rescue. It has recently reviewed and revised its technical guidance note TGN02: ‘Guidance on the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of retractable type fall arresters’. This new guidance will be available free from the WAHSA website shortly.

This is the first of a number of guidance notes to be revised. The next one will be TGN03: ‘Guidance on inspecting personal fall protection equipment’. It is expected to be available early in 2012.


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