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NASC Launches TG20:13 Consultation Process

NASC Launches TG20:13 Consultation Process

The NASC has launched a consultation process for users of its industry recognised good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding, TG20:13.

TG20:13 with its innovative and user friendly e-Guide was released in early 2014 to wide media, scaffolding sector and construction industry praise. And an updated Version 1.1 of the e-Guide was released in September 2014, introducing new features and further enhancing the user experience.

Now the confederation has decided to start an industry-wide consultation process in order to identify how the e-Guide software can be further improved and refined.

And the first step in this process is to ask users what changes and amendments they would like to see. As suggestions, these changes could include:

  • Extra functions to be added to the software, like varying the number of boarded lifts, fully loaded inside boards, producing drawings and basic calculations and increased leg load information.
  • More information on the compliance sheet, such as postcode, unique scaffold number and seasonal factors.
  • Editorial changes to any of the publications, the Operational Guide, Design Guide, or User Guide.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “It’s clear TG20:13 has had a positive impact on the scaffolding industry and has been widely adopted. But it’s our aim to keep the product at the forefront of industry innovation – and that means reacting to the experience and feedback of users and doing anything we can to encourage wider acceptance of TG20 in construction.

“Ultimately, it’s our aim to make the scaffolding industry safer and more efficient, through TG20 with tube and fitting scaffolding. And we will do our best to incorporate as many new features as can be accommodated without over complicating the software.”

TG20:13 feedback should be emailed to the NASC at enquiries@nasc.org.uk by June 15th.

For details on TG20:13, the new NASC Scaffold Specification Document, new bi-annual scaffold product award, to order copies of the new SG4:15:You pocket guide, for information on the latest Safety Guidance (SG) and Technical Guidance (TG) notes and facts on the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including how to become an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk

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First CISRS OSTS Centre Opens in Nepal

First CISRS OSTS Centre Opens in Nepal

The CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) has accredited its first centre in Nepal through training providers Safety & Access and Aecor Nepal.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley has recently returned from an audit visit in Kathmandu to check that the facilities at the purpose built Aecor Safety & Access centre are up to the exacting standards required to be a CISRS OSTS training provider. And now the centre is open for business and set to start scaffolder, scaffold inspection and scaffold supervisor training imminently.

This is the first CISRS-accredited OSTS training centre in Nepal – a Sovereign state located in South Asia with a population of approximately 27 million people. Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. Around two million Nepalese people work abroad, with many entering the expanding construction industry. It is hoped the new training centre will help thousands of scaffolding operatives to gain their OSTS card and provide scaffolding and scaffold services across Asia, the UAE and worldwide.

Safety & Access Joint Managing Director, Rick Statham said: “As one of the world’s leading providers of scaffolding related training, Safety and Access are very proud to announce a partnership with Aecor facility in Kathmandu and the opening of a CISRS accredited training facility in the capital.

“The training facility is now open and is offering scaffolder skills training along with scaffolding supervisor and inspection training. And there are also plans to further enhance and expand the support services in the future. A key part of the construction process is work at height and particularly the safe and efficient erection and dismantling of scaffolding – and so proper, accredited OSTS training is a vital part of the process.”

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “This is another huge feather in the cap of the rapidly expanding OSTS scheme. Earlier in the year, we gave accreditation to the first centre in Nigeria, received training course inclusion as a contract requirement from a huge aluminium firm (Emirates Global Aluminium) in the Middle East, and now there is this new centre in Nepal.

“Safety and Access and their local partner have created a first class facility here. Nepalese scaffolders can now train at to the highest standards locally prior to plying their trade all over the world. It’s very positive news for the Nepalese people, the region and the CISRS scheme. “

Whilst in Nepal Dave Mosley and Rick Statham made several presentations to local, UK and Swiss government representatives in order to promote the scheme and to assist these bodies in trying to provide recognised, transferable skills and employment opportunities for Nepalese workers.

Interest in the OSTS card scheme, which launched in 2013, is growing rapidly – with some 4,500+ card holders worldwide.

For a full a list of approved OSTS training providers, further details about CISRS card courses, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

 

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NASC Launches SG4 You Pocket Guide (2015)

NASC Launches SG4 You Pocket Guide (2015)

The NASC has launched the eagerly-awaited, user-friendly SG4 You (2015) pocket guide further to publication of its core scaffolding fall prevention guidance note, SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ – with support from BuildUK.

This convenient, but detailed 86-page A6 pocket guide is designed for scaffolding operatives and managers to use as a handy reference document whilst out on site and to support the main, detailed SG4:15 A4 management guide – which is available as a free download via the NASC website: www.nasc.org.uk.

Copies of the SG4 You pocket guide will retail via the NASC website’s online shop, priced at:

  • NASC Member 1-99 units: £3.00
  • NASC Member 100+ units: £2.10
  • NASC Information Members: £3.00
  • Non Members 1-99 units: £6.00
  • Non Members 100+ units: £4.20

The widely-recognised industry standard for safe scaffolding, SG4:15 was launched in its 2015 revised and updated format to the NASC’s membership at the 2015 AGM in November and has been widely praised by industry experts. The SG4 You guide completes the SG4:15 suite, offering both detail and convenience to scaffolding operatives, contractors, managers and those involved in scaffolding on construction sites.

Whilst many of the principles of SG4 remain unchanged, the fine-tuning “evolution not revolution” updates to the 2015 guidance (part of the NASC’s commitment to review guidance every five years) reflects the broader scope introduced by TG20 compliant scaffolds, changes to good practice and industry innovation in the scaffolding sector. These include:

  • Erecting floor height lifts
  • Bridging with beams
  • Loading bay gate installation
  • Cantilever scaffolding
  • Chimney stack scaffolding
  • Personal fall protection equipment

NASC Past President and member of the SG4:15 working party, Mr Kevin Ward said: “SG4 works! The NASC accident statistics speak for themselves and in light of these, this revision has been more of a fine-tuning exercise rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.”

And NASC MD Robin James added: “The updated SG4:15 safety guidance has been very well received as a free download, and we’re very happy to be launching the SG4 You pocket guidance note, as a condensed hard copy version. Since its inception 20 years ago, SG4 has stood the test of time and developed to become the established performance standard for the protection of scaffolders working at height. The A6 pocket guide only serves to strengthen its use and reference out on site.

“SG4 is a core NASC publication – supported by the the construction industry’s overarching trade association, BuildUK and used by principal contractors across the UK and beyond, internationally. It continues to focus on prevention and protection philosophy, like the ‘Scaffolders’ Safe Zone.’ But it now also includes a range of updates to reflect changes within the industry, such as the introduction of TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding.’

“Work at height is by far the biggest risk faced by scaffolders and adhering to the principles in SG4:15 will not only serve to offer continual improvement in accident prevention, but will assist users to meet work at height legal obligations. And the affordable SG4 You pocket guide will only serve to assist in this process.”

To order copies of the SG4 You pocket guide, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

And for details about the latest Safety Guidance (SG) and Technical Guidance (TG) notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC & CISRS Exhibiting at UK’s Largest Health & Safety Event: SHE Expo 2016 at London ExCeL, June 21-23

NASC & CISRS Exhibiting at UK’s Largest Health & Safety Event: SHE Expo 2016 at London ExCeL, June 21-23

The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting for the third year running at the UK’s largest and leading health and safety event – the Safety & Health Expo, June 21-23 at London’s prestigious ExCeL venue.

Visitors to the flagship 2016 Expo event – which attracts 15,000+ people and this year sees keynote presentations at the linked IOSH conference by BBC Chief Reporter Kate Adie OBE, Olympic oarsman James Cracknell OBE and ‘Rules of Engagement’ author and ex-forces Colonel Tim Collin OBE – will be treated to 100+ industry speakers, in six theatres over the three days (adding up to 60+ hours of CPD accredited education) and more than 350 exhibitors will be taking part, including NASC and CISRS on Stand S1850.

The 20-metre NASC & CISRS stand will feature a five-metre system scaffolding tower built by NASC hire/sale members, Layher Ltd, as an unmissable centre piece. And staff from both organisations will be on hand promoting the work of the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, NASC and the scaffolding industry training organisation, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) to delegates attending the event.

Particular emphasis this year will be given to the recent launch of SG4:15 “Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ (a free download) and the 86-page SG4 You pocket guide which supports the guidance. SG4 is the confederation’s “core safety guidance” for work at height, and is widely recognised by the construction and health and safety industries, and supported by BuildUK.

In addition, the recently revised 20-page ‘Scaffold Specification Template’ – a free guide to managing and appointing scaffold contractors – will be available to view, along with other new technical and safety guidance, the influential NASC 2016 Yearbook, informative NASC 2016 Safety Report and CISRS training literature. And a selection of recent press releases, promotional material and publications will be distributed in an NASC/CISRS “goody bag.”

Furthermore, NASC staff will be offering demonstrations including an opportunity to sample the innovative TG20:13 eGuide – in both PC and android device formats – on the stand. And the new NASC & CISRS websites and promotional films/imagery will also be available to view on a 42-inch screen.

The Safety & Health Expo is run exclusively with the support of IOSH, RoSPA and the BSIF, and is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. Safety & Health Expo organisers say: “The Safety & Health Expo has established itself as the definitive UK industry event, consistently attracting health and safety decision makers from multiple sectors with responsibilities across the UK, Europe and international markets. It is designed to meet the needs of the UK and the international health and safety industry.”

NASC MD, Robin James said: “Once again, we are back exhibiting at the SHE Expo – and now with an even larger stand. We are looking forward to reaching out to the construction and health and safety sectors at this huge event – hoping to spread the message and promote the good work of the organisation, helping to set the safety standard in scaffolding and access.

“With so much new and revised safety and technical guidance available to the scaffolding industry, the construction sector and health and safety professionals – including the revised SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ and the on-going success of TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’ (and its associated eGuide) – the NASC needs good industry visibility, aided by this high profile event. And there will be no missing our 20-metre stand this year. We are keen to demonstrate to event delegates what we are doing to improve safety standards as the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK and promote our role in the industry.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “CISRS is growing, year on year, with almost 60,000 UK card holders and 4,500+ OSTS overseas cardholders now too. This large-scale, London-based, international event gives CISRS an opportunity to tell the industry what we are doing to improve training standards in the UK, and globally with the CISRS Overseas Scaffolders Training Scheme (OSTS). We are very pleased to have a presence at the SHE Expo, and hope that people will come and visit us and engage us in conversation over the three days.”

For details about the latest NASC Safety Guidance (SG) and Technical Guidance (TG) notes, SG4:15 free download, Scaffold Specification Template, the TG20:13 full suite and about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body, including becoming an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

And for a full a list of approved training providers, further details about CISRS card courses, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

NASC & CISRS will be found at the SHE Expo on Stand S1850.

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CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) Middle East Update: Expansion, Accreditation Success & Emirates Aluminium Endorsement

CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) Middle East Update: Expansion, Accreditation Success & Emirates Aluminium Endorsement

The CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) is booming in the Middle East region – following a visit by Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley.

Mr Mosley recently returned from a trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he carried out successful annual accreditation audits on two leading CISRS OSTS training providers, Safety & Access Middle East at Um Al Quwain and Simian Skill in Dubai. This is the forth successful accreditation for both brands, after they were initially accredited in 2013.

Both CISRS centres offer a wide range of CISRS OSTS training courses, including Level 1– 3 Scaffolder, Basic and Advanced and Inspection, Supervisor and Systems product training. And between the two centres they have trained more than 1,000 delegates with scaffolder, inspector, and supervisor courses in recent years.

The Simian Skill and Safety & Access training facilities have instructors and translators on hand who can speak several languages including Hindu, Urdu, Nepalese, Arabic and as such are well equipped to deal with the multicultural construction and manufacturing workforce in UAE.

Simian Skill in Dubai are currently qualifying and training a new Instructor, Wajahat Ali, the brother of popular instructor Abid Gul. Wajahat will work under direct supervision of Abid and leading Simian Instructor, Andy Sharp until he reaches the necessary level of competence and experience to qualify as a CISRS OSTS instructor.

Mr Mosley also found industry support for CISRS OSTS developing in the Middle East. Simian Skill Director, Ian Fyall has been working with Mayank Agrawal Senior Superintendent at Safety, Emirates Global Aluminium (part of the Emirates Global Aluminium Group) for over 12 months now, and the client is so pleased with the CISRS training programme that this large brand has written OSTS into its contracts, so that any scaffolder on site must qualify through the scheme.

On his recent Middle East visit, Mr Mosley met Mayank Agrawal with Ian Fyall, and had positive discussions about the CISRS OSTS and SG4:15, SG6 and TG20:13, National Access and Scaffolding Confederation’s recent core safety and technical guidance, all supported by CISRS.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see the OSTS growing so well, thanks to experts like Simian Skill and Safety & Access. Congratulations on the accreditation to both brands and long may the excellent standards continue.

“And it was great to meet up with Mr Mayank Agrawal from Emirates Global Aluminium. It’s very encouraging that such an important client should include CISRS in their procedural documents for contractors. Mayank is very keen to have all scaffolders on site qualified via a scheme that is directly linked to the UK standards and CISRS OSTS is the only way to achieve this. He felt that as CISRS has been available in the region for over three years now there is nothing to stop the scaffolding contractors meeting this requirement.“

Interest in the OSTS (which launched in 2013) is growing rapidly now – with some 4,500+ card holders worldwide and Simian Skill opening the first centre in Nigeria early in the year and Safety & Access looking to gain accreditation for a centre in Nepal imminently too.

For a full a list of approved OSTS training providers, further details about CISRS card courses, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.