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NASC Launches Updated Free Scaffold Specification Template

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NASC Launches Updated Free Scaffold Specification Template

The NASC has launched an updated version of its user-friendly, free Scaffold Specification Template (Guide to Managing and Appointing Scaffolding Contractors).

This popular scaffolding guide was originally developed by the NASC and is designed “to improve the quality of scaffold structures erected on construction sites and other works of engineering maintenance in accordance with current legislation, guidance and protocol and to minimise the risk of accident or injury to operatives working on or near the scaffold and the general public.”

This 20-page document (free to download from the NASC Website or to be distributed by email to those who need it) is intended for use by anybody with responsibility for the management, use, monitoring and provision of scaffolding.

The Scaffold Specification Template features a wealth of information about tube and fitting and system scaffolding as well as lightweight mobile access towers. And there are sections on current scaffolding regulation, competence, training and proficiency of CISRS Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced scaffolding operatives, scaffold design, handover certificates, scaffold inspections, risk and method statements and client information.

In addition, there is a large section on the minimum requirements for scaffold tube, boards, fittings, loading bays, brick guards, sheeting and debris netting, access and egress, edge protection, ties and hop up and stage brackets.

The document is easy to read and navigate and also contains TG20:13 Compliance Sheet examples, Scaffold Inspection Report Sheets, examples of current CISRS cards and more useful documentation.

NASC President, Alan Lilley said: “For many Principal Contractors/Clients specifying the criteria for a scaffolding contract at tender/pre contract stage can be as onerous and uncertain a task as trying to manage the operations of an appointed Scaffolding Contractor.

“The information contained within this guidance published by the NASC will be of great assistance to those procuring, appointing and managing scaffolding contracts. It should help to ensure that correct and up to date scaffolding standards are incorporated into relevant contract documentation and will require that appointed scaffolding contractors adopt recognised scaffolding industry good practice upon their site(s).”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “This is a very popular NASC document, for good reason – as it’s of great relevance to local authorities, contractors and other bodies with responsibility for and involvement with the erection of scaffolding. It’s just one of many free to access documents which the NASC produces with the aim of making the scaffolding industry safer. We hope it is widely downloaded, read, digested and adhered to by anyone involved in scaffolding projects.”

A draft of the NASC Scaffold Specification Template document was showcased to construction, health and safety and industry professionals at the Health & Safety event at NEC in Birmingham, March 22-24th.

To obtain a copy of the Scaffold Specification Template, please visit and search or email: To obtain details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC, the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, visit or email:

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CISRS Launch Promotional Film

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CISRS Launch Promotional Film

CISRS has launched a bold new promotional film aimed at attracting people into a rewarding career in scaffolding through the CISRS training scheme.

The short, fast-paced, two-minute viral video was shot at approved CISRS training providers, Simian Risk Management in Warrington. It covers the basics of the industry recognised CISRS training scheme, specifically through the stories of three (Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced) scaffolders currently in training and the 2016 NASC Apprentice of the Year (Paul Howells), as well as featuring quotes from CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley and Simian Risk Management’s Training Director, Dave Abraham.

With the construction industry calling for 230,000 new recruits over the next five years and the scaffolding sector playing such a vital role in the industry, demand for trainee scaffolding operatives has never been greater. And with 50,000+ CISRS card holding scaffolders currently in the UK (and 4,000+ Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme, OSTS, card holders), the scheme is in great shape – helping to meet the strong demand for skilled, regulated scaffolders with the right training in the construction industry.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “Scaffolding is a great career choice – full of interesting opportunities and offering the chance to earn good money, working on different locations and projects every week. And it’s a genuine ‘career for life,’ with options to diversify into other sectors, or even start your own company later on. We have created this film to try to encourage people to kick-start a rewarding career in scaffolding – a sector which is greatly in demand.

“We’d like to thank CISRS training providers, Simian Risk Management, for granting us access to their training centre and classrooms to shoot the film and to all the scaffolding trainees in the film, for freely offering their inspiring stories about how they got into scaffolding and what the CISRS scheme and industry has done for their lives.”

MD of Royle Media, Phil Royle said: “This has been a great project to be involved with – creating a high energy, inspirational viral video to get our there for CISRS and hopefully encourage people of all ages to consider a safe, rewarding career in a booming scaffolding industry, with really good prospects and earning potential.”

The CISRS promotional film can be viewed on the CISRS website home page at or via the NASC/CISRS YouTube channel here.

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 or email