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NASC Delivers Second TG20 Presentation To Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

NASC Delivers Second TG20 Presentation To Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

On Tuesday 23 May NASC delivered the second of two complimentary TG20 presentations to temporary works consultants, managers, and engineers employed by or working for principal contractors in the UK construction industry.

The presentation took place at the Chamber of Shipping, London SE1 and was well-received by an attentive audience of 70 temporary works professionals, representing major contractors and design consultancies.

Delegates were welcomed to the presentation by Lee Rowswell (GKR Scaffolding Ltd) Chair of the NASC London & South East region.

Terry Roberts of CADS (Computer and Design Services Ltd) was again the principal speaker at the presentation and gave an engaging and informative talk about TG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding.

This included a demonstration of the TG20 eGuide software, incorporating forthcoming updates which will be made available to existing users from June 2017. Mr Roberts also discussed longer term enhancements to TG20 at time of next full review.

Possible enhancements included further updates to software, drawings and calculations, also the possibility of expanding the range of basic scaffolding structures already addressed by TG20, and incorporation of revisions to the operational guide to reflect amendments to NASC guidance since TG20 was first issued as a full suite with accompanying software in 2013.

With a several representatives from the design fraternity present it was little surprise that a number of interesting questions were raised. These included the rationale for data input checking when generating a compliance sheet, inclusion of postcode/location details on the compliance sheet, local wind issues arising from scaffold designs for high rise buildings, use of readylock transoms, and the definition of ‘high permeability’.

Mr Roberts’s talk was flanked by two shorter presentations by Rick Statham (Safety & Access Ltd). In the first of these Mr Statham discussed the benefits to principal contractors when using NASC members for scaffolding requirements. He mentioned that NASC was a growing organisation and that it had recently been agreed to develop a new membership category to meet the needs of UK design companies.

An international NASC information membership category would also be developed for principal contractors and clients arising from the successful accreditation of overseas scaffolder training centres to CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) in the Middle East, Asia and Far East.

The presentation concluded with a brief panel discussion during which Terry Roberts and Rick Statham were joined by David Mosley (NASC Director of Training and CISRS Manger). Mr Mosley outlined the background to the development of CISRS CPD training which would be formally launched to the industry from 1 July 2017.

Robin James (NASC Managing Director) thanked all those involved in the two TG20 presentations, noting that a total of 100 delegates had attended the presentations in Leeds and London in May 2017.

Unsurprisingly discussions continued over lunch long after the formal element of the presentation had been concluded.

Temporary works consultants attending the NASC TG20 presentations each received a complimentary TG20 full suite (one full suite per principal contractor or design company represented at the meeting).

For further details on the NASC, a copy of the latest NASC 2017 Safety Report, information on recently reduced prices for TG20:13 publications, to order copies of SG4:15, for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes and more, including how to join, please visit the website.

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Aecor/Safety & Access Nepal Goes From Strength to Strength

Aecor/Safety & Access Nepal Goes From Strength to Strength

The future of scaffolding training in Nepal and recognition of the skills of Nepalese scaffolders working around the Middle East is looking very bright.

Dave Mosley, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Scheme Manager recently completed the annual accreditation audit at the Aecor/Safety and Access Ltd Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in Kathmandu and was very impressed with the progress that has been made – in only 12 months.

“The practical facility here is excellent, it is a credit to Aecor/Safety and Access Ltd and is a showcase for CISRS Overseas training. The layout, materials and general housekeeping at the centre are all to the highest standards which creates a great environment for training,” he said.

Aecor/Safety and Access Nepal has capacity to run three courses concurrently with their accreditation including OSTS Scaffolder Level 1, Level 2, Basic and Advanced Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor training.

In the last 12 months, over 300 Nepalese scaffolders have been trained to CISRS Level 1 OSTS, with eight Basic Inspection Courses and also nine Scaffolding Supervisors courses having also been completed. A CISRS Supervisor course was actually being undertaken during the audit visit.

Having completed their training in Nepal, the vast majority of operatives will then ply their trade in the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) states such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait. There are currently thousands of Nepalese scaffolding operatives working in this region.

Operatives having undertaken scaffolder training which is directly linked to CISRS UK standards is a great benefit to all concerned, providing reassurance for the client and recognition of their trade skills for the scaffolders.

Sandeep Pakhrin Lama, Managing Director for Aecor said: “There has been an extremely positive response by the Nepalese scaffolder community towards the CISRS Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme which has been very encouraging for our team. The future looks very bright as more clients, especially in the GCC states, are seeking CISRS accredited scaffolders. This shows their commitment and confidence towards CISRS OSTS, which gives a fantastic opportunity for the Nepalese scaffolders to have a better standing in a very competitive market.”

Senior Instructor, Babu Ram Sharma had previously worked as scaffolder in the Middle East and has been involved with OSTS scheme since its inception in 2013 where he previously worked for Safety and Access in Dubai alongside CISRS UK approved instructors.

Rick Statham Joint Managing Director of Safety and Access said:  “We are delighted that the Kathmandu CISRS centre has proven to be very successful in its first year of operation. It is clear that many major clients, particularly in the oil and gas industries recognise the benefits of regulated and accredited training in this safety critical industry and looking ahead we can only foresee expansion in all regions.

“A big thank you must go the Nepal team particularly Sandeep Lama and with added congratulations to Babu Ram Sharma. Babu Ram has worked with us for several years beginning his training career in UAE and was given the opportunity to move back to his home in Nepal where he has taken up the position of Senior Instructor.”

The centre also has two other local instructors Ratna Basnet and Sovit Khatiwada who are currently working towards becoming fully qualified OSTS instructors. The centre is preparing to expand as demand for CISRS OSTS increases.

To find out more about the new CISRS OSTS scheme delivering UK standard training worldwide, CPD courses, obtain a copy of the CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet, new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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New Simian Centre Accreditation and First CISRS OSTS Courses Take Place in India

New Simian Centre Accreditation and First CISRS OSTS Courses Take Place in India

Simian Skill have formed a partnership with Tough Scaff in order to open a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in Chennai, Southern India.

The Centre will offer CISRS Level 1 Scaffolder Training, Basic SITS (Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme) and Scaffolding Supervisor Training with the scope to gain accreditation for Level 2 and 3 as demand increases.

CISRS representative Trevor Donoghue who carried out the Accreditation visit, was very impressed by the set up in India, saying: “I am confident that the standard of facilities provided and commitment shown to scaffold training by Tough Scaff underpinned by their partnership with Simian Skill an established UK and International Training Provider, will prove to be a first-class enterprise. It will provide skills and employment opportunities for the local community in Chennai and the wider population in India.”

The centre hit the ground running with the first ever CISRS OSTS Level 1 scaffolder course taking place, the same week accreditation was awarded.  Seven Trainee scaffolders attended the course, five of which were employed by Cape PLC. A delegation from Cape’s operation in the Middle East were also coming to Chennai to see their employees being put through their paces, by CISRS OSTS Instructor Craig Dixon. There are a huge number of Indian nationals currently working as scaffolders in the Middle East region.

The centre provides on-site accommodation, welfare facilities and food for delegates which means they can travel from all around the region to carry out training at the centre.

Ian Fyall Simian Managing Director said: “We are very proud to have found an Indian partner with a modern training centre which has enabled us to bring the CISRS accreditation to the region. I believe our first target market will be the Oil and Gas sector plus the large Construction companies operating in the Middle East. We can train the men to an internationally recognised standard here in India thus saving time and money by eliminating the need to source training once they arrive in the region.”

To find out more about the new CISRS OSTS scheme, CPD courses, obtain a copy of the CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet, new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC meets with Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ)

NASC meets with Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ)

NASC was pleased to host a meeting with Graham Burke CEO of Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ) at their London office on Thursday 16 May 2017.

Mr Burke was over in the UK for a family visit and took the opportunity to catch up with the NASC and discuss matters of mutual interest in the respective UK and NZ access and scaffolding industries. The NASC is held in high regard in New Zealand and Mr Burke was interested to find out what he could learn from an established trade body in the work at height sector.

With around 100 members the New Zealand trade body is already making great strides. However administration and support is limited and Mr Burke is having to wear a number of hats as he tries to grow the organisation.

Mr Burke previously ran a scaffolding business and was latterly President of SARNZ. Over the years he has made a tremendous contribution to the development of Australian/New Zealand scaffolding standards.

He has also been extremely influential on other important initiatives including the development of good practice guidelines for scaffolding in New Zealand, industry training standards and lobbying on skilled scaffolder shortages.

NASC Managing Director Robin James said: “The confederation is delighted to develop a relationship with SARNZ. We had an excellent meeting with Graham and discussed many areas of common interest and concern.

“Unsurprisingly some these are identical to those which the NASC itself faces here in the UK construction industry. We look forward to supporting the continued emergence of SARNZ and seeing the benefits of this relationship for many years to come.”

Mr Burke departed with a selection of NASC literature and guidance, including a complimentary copy of the TG20:13 full suite (Good Practice Guidance for Tube & Fitting Scaffolding).

For details on the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15 and the plethora of recently published, industry-accepted Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) and the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk

Details of Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand can be found at: www.sarnz.org.nz

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NASC To Exhibit With AIF At UK’s Largest Health & Safety Event: SHE Expo 2017 at London ExCeL, June 20-22

NASC To Exhibit With AIF At UK’s Largest Health & Safety Event: SHE Expo 2017 at London ExCeL, June 20-22

The NASC will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Safety & Health Expo, June 20-22 at London’s prestigious ExCeL venue on Stand R90 – alongside the Access Industry Forum (AIF).

This will be the fourth consecutive year NASC has exhibited at the UK’s largest health and safety event.

The three day conference and exhibition attracts c14,000 health and safety professionals alongside the media, leading industry associations, manufacturers, distributors, consultants and multiple sector experts under the same roof – covering topics such as working at height, CPD, behavioural safety, risk management, PPE and occupational health products, services and more.

From the AIF stand, NASC Technical Officer, Ken Johnson will be promoting the recently published NASC 2017 Safety Report, 50% discounted TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guide for Tube & Fitting Scaffolding,’ SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ and the 80+ other NASC safety and technical guidance notes to delegates at this leading health and safety event.

Expo visitors will also be able to access keynote presentations at the linked IOSH conference by Dame Kelly Holmes, Professor Brian Cox OBE and Simon Weston CBE, and will be treated to 100+ industry speakers, in six theatres over the three days (adding up to 60+ hours of CPD accredited presentations) and more than 300 exhibitors will be taking part, including NASC and AIF on Stand R90.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “NASC is pleased to be working with AIF at this flagship health and safety event –  reaching out to the construction and health and safety sectors who attend en masse. Together, we are hoping to spread the safe work at height message and promote the good work of the NASC, who set the industry standard in scaffolding, access provision and working safely at height.

“The core AIF message of ‘working safely and competently at height using appropriate equipment with personnel professionally trained to industry-recognised standards’ is something NASC whole-heartedly supports and its work as the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK is fully focused on achieving that, as we will be informing Expo delegates from the stand.”

Chris Kendall for the AIF said: “We are delighted that NASC will be joining the Forum on stand R90 to help promote this year’s theme of working well at height.”

The Safety & Health Expo is run exclusively with the support of IOSH, RoSPA and is presented by SHP online media, and is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe.

Safety & Health Expo organisers say: “Safety & Health Expo, is organised by UBM EMEA. It is the UK’s leading global health and safety event, providing visitors with CPD accredited presentations, the latest health and safety products and services, valuable networking opportunities and much more. Safety & Health Expo brings together over 13,800 visitors with 300 exhibitors to experience the latest products and expertise in the health and safety industry.”

In order to attend this free event, loaded with trade stands and packed with seminars, interested parties should pre-register for a pass here.

And for details on the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15 and the plethora of recently published, industry-accepted Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) and the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

Details of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) and its 11 working at height industry members can be found here.

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Simian Skill Dubai CISRS Success Continues

Simian Skill Dubai CISRS Success Continues

Simian Skill Dubai has completed another successful year of training in the UAE in the 2016/2017 period, recently passing the CISRS Annual accreditation audit with flying colours.

Operating in the region since 2013, Simian Skill has continued to set a high standard for training delivery, maintaining a policy of “quality over quantity” in a tough commercial environment in which some clients would prefer to avoid formal off site training in favour of very short duration in house training or skills testing.

The reputation of the centre and the CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) in general is gaining more support as the years go by with more companies seeing the benefits of aligning their training needs to UK standard training programmes. The centre has recently completed training for blue chip organisations such as Oil Rig Construction company Lamprell Ltd, Carillion and Shell Oil as well as some of the largest International scaffolding companies including Hertel, SGB and Kaefer.

During the last 12 months, Simian Skills has delivered a wide range of courses the majority of which have been Level 1 Scaffolder, Basic Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor training, they have however delivered Level 2 Scaffolder courses and also the very first CISRS Level 3 Scaffolder course in the region.

Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said: “It has not always been easy to promote the CISRS scheme outside the UK due to the robust nature of the training, the pass or fail criteria and the course duration, as it far exceeds some of the current practices. That said interest continues to grow year on year and we must congratulate Simian for their efforts in spreading the positive message.”

Simian Skill already operate a CISRS centre in Ogun, Nigeria and later this month will be seeking CISRS accreditation for a centre in Chennai, India.

Simian Managing Director Ian Fyall said: “There are lots of opportunities for Simian at the moment and its highly likely that we will open further CISRS centres in several locations within the next 12 months. We are in on-going discussions with potential partners in Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Ghana, the demand for CISRS OSTS is definitely rising.”

To find out more about the new CISRS OSTS scheme, CPD courses, obtain a copy of the CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet, new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC Delivers TG20 Presentations To Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

NASC Delivers TG20 Presentations To Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

On Thursday 11 May the NASC delivered the first of two complimentary TG20 presentations to temporary works consultants, managers or engineers employed by, or working for principal contractors in the UK construction industry. The presentation took place at Thorpe Park Hotel in Leeds, West Yorkshire and was well-received by an attentive audience of temporary works professionals.

The purpose of these TG20 presentations is to enable temporary works consultants to obtain a better understanding of the scope of TG20, also proposed changes to TG20 following an industry consultation exercise in 2016.

The principal speaker is Terry Roberts of CADS (Computer and Design Services Ltd) whose presentation includes a demonstration of the TG20 eGuide software, a review of the forthcoming eGuide upgrade 1.2 (for existing users), and a look forward to proposed enhancements to TG20 at time of next review.

This is supplemented by an explanation of the benefits of using NASC members for scaffolding requirements by Rick Statham (Safety & Access Ltd), who also delivers an item entitled ‘Protecting the Public’ in which he briefly reviews NASC Health & Safety and Technical guidance, including the iconic SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.

The presentation concludes with a brief panel discussion when Terry Roberts and Rick Statham are joined by David Mosley (NASC Director of Training and CISRS Manager).

Delegates present at the Leeds event raised a number of interesting questions in regard to scaffolding design and scaffold inspection, also scaffold product and industry training.

Following the Leeds event complimentary TG20 full suites were dispatched to all principal contractors/temporary works organisations represented at the presentation.

Alan Lilley (NASC President) was in attendance at the Leeds event and commented: “It was encouraging to see such a strong turnout of temporary works professionals. The speakers were excellent and the content of the individual presentations was supported by slides. The delegates were clearly interested and engaged, and this reflected on the important role played by temporary works consultants in the scaffolding sector.”

A second TG20 presentation is scheduled for Tuesday 23 May 2017 at the Chamber of Shipping, 30 Park St, London, SE1 9EQ. Prospective delegates are reminded that the intended audience is temporary works consultants employed by or working for principal contractors in the UK construction industry. Places will be confirmed following registration. Please email enquiries@nasc.org.uk for a registration form.

For further details on the NASC, a copy of the latest NASC 2017 Safety Report, information on recently reduced prices for TG20:13 publications, to order copies of SG4:15, for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes and more, including how to join, please visit the website.

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NASC Launch Regional TG20 Presentations For Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

NASC Launch Regional TG20 Presentations For Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

 

The NASC is organising two regional TG20 presentations (North/South) – aimed directly at assisting principal contractor temporary works consultants.

The purpose of these presentations will be to promote the wider adoption of TG20 by principal contractors generally. It will also seek to dispel any myths about TG20, whilst encouraging the wider use of NASC member companies for scaffolding requirements.

As an added incentive in addition to the free presentation by industry experts, temporary works consultants attending the presentations will each receive a complimentary TG20 full suite (one full suite per principal contractor represented at each location).

The TG20 presentations will take place on the following dates at the following locations:

10.30am Thursday 11 May 2017 (North)
Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, 1150 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 8ZB
See here for location details.

10.30am Tuesday 23 May 2017 (South)
The Chamber of Shipping, 30 Park St, London, SE1 9EQ
See here for location details.

The proposed format and timings for the NASC regional TG20 presentations are as follows:

10.00am Registration (Tea/Coffee)
10.30am Welcome, housekeeping and introduction
10.35am Why Use an NASC Member? Rick Statham (Safety & Access Ltd)
10.50am TG20: an overview, incorporating proposed enhancements including                  version 1.2 of the TG20 eGuide Terry Roberts (CADS)
11.55am Protecting the Public: an overview of NASC guidance Rick Statham (Safety        & Access Ltd)
12.10pm Panel discussion to include Dave Mosley (NASC Director of Training and             CISRS Manager)
12.30pm Close & Sandwich lunch and networking session.

The intended audience is strictly temporary works consultants of principal contractors. Places will be confirmed directly with the temporary works consultant by NASC following registration, which can be made via email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director said: “These events are an excellent opportunity for temporary works consultants working on all manner of construction projects to get the very latest scaffolding sector guidance and update their knowledge on tube and fitting scaffolding, TG20:13, SG4:15, CISRS training, NASC membership and much more. They have been a long time in the planning and we expect them to be a rewarding event for those attending.”

For further details on the NASC, a copy of the latest NASC 2017 Safety Report, information on recently reduced prices for TG20:13 publications, to order copies of SG4:15, for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes and more, including how to join, please visit the website.

And for details on TG20:13, SG4:15 and the plethora of recently published, industry-accepted Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) and the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk