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CISRS teams up with training providers to provide a series of fully funded CPD courses

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CISRS teams up with training providers to provide a series of fully funded CPD courses

CISRS are very pleased to announce that with the collaboration of four of their approved training providers they are able to offer six fully funded (free) CPD courses across the UK in July and August.

The providers involved – LTC Training Services, National Construction College, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd – have agreed to run these courses at a greatly reduced price, CISRS will be picking up the cost of the training courses, the course literature and renewed CISRS cards for all delegates attending.

Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said: “All of the providers taking part have been heavily involved in the development of the CPD course through their positions on the standardisation committee. We would really like to thank them for all of their hard work and their generous offer to work with CISRS to provide these fully funded courses.”

If you include the two CPD Pilot courses which took place at NCC Midlands in February and March 2017, this project will allow for almost 100 operatives to meet the CISRS CPD requirement and be issued with their Mobile Access Towers (MATS), Scaffold Inspection and CPD endorsed cards, free of charge. Had this training been delivered commercially it would have cost in the region of £30 – £35K.

CISRS are considering working with other approved providers later in the year in order to offer additional subsidised courses, should the programme prove to be a success

The courses are open to all scaffolders or advanced scaffolders who have a card which expires in 2017.

Places will be offered on a first come first served basis and limited to 1 delegate per company in the first instance.

Those interested must contact the centres directly to secure their place and must act quickly as the first course takes place 3rd/4th July (see dates and contact details below.)

Monday 3rd/Tuesday 4th July 2017  

Simian Skill Ltd Warrington

Contact:    tel: 0345 602 2418 (option 1)   tel: 0345 602 2418 (option 2)

Monday 17th/Tuesday 18th July 2017

NCC South (Erith, Kent)

Contact: Course Bookers

tel: 0344 994 4433

Monday 24th/Tuesday 25th July 2017

Safety and Access Ltd (Catch, Immingham)

Contact: Sarah Cockell tel: 0115 979 4523

Camilla Sunderland tel: 0115 979 4523

Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

LTC Training Services Ltd (Plymouth)

Contact: Carol Holmes  tel: 01752 485 303

Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

NCC Scotland (Inchinnan)

Contact: Course Bookers

tel: 0344 994 4433

Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

NCC East (Bircham Newton)

Contact: Course Bookers

tel: 0344 994 4433

For further details on CPD or the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit or email


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NASC issues updated Health and Safety Guidance

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NASC issues updated Health and Safety Guidance

The NASC has recently published the following Health & Safety guidance titles all of which have been updated to 2017. Hard copies have been issued to all NASC full contracting members, who may also download them from the NASC website free of charge.

Non-members wishing to purchase copies of these (and other) guidance titles may order them directly from the NASC website or alternatively by emailing:

SG2:17 Asbestos Licences and Ancillary Work involving the Scaffolding Contractor

This guidance has been written to reflect the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and has been produced following consultation and advice from the Asbestos Licensing Unit (ALU).

SG8:17 Reporting of Accidents Procedures and RIDDOR

This document includes simple changes in the requirements of reporting to be noted for RIDDOR needs.

SG13:17 Health Surveillance in Scaffolding

Health surveillance is the application of systematic, regular and appropriate procedures to detect early signs of work related ill health in employees who are exposed to certain health risks. An important area for consideration in managing well and leading to consideration of behavioural safety.

SG15:17 Drugs and Alcohol at Work

Substance abuse affects the functioning of both body and mind and can increase the chance of having or causing an accident. The damaging health effects of substance abuse may increase when combined with exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

SG19:17 A Guide to Formulating a Rescue Plan

The legal requirement for rescue is specified in the ‘Work at Height Regulations 2005’ and requires every employer to take account of the need for easy and timely evacuation and rescue in an emergency when selecting work equipment for use in work at height.

SG21:17 Entry into Confined Spaces

Where it is not reasonably practicable to avoid entering a confined space to undertake work, the employer or self-employed person is responsible for ensuring that a safe system of work is used. This guidance outlines the hazards associated with Confined Space Entry.

SG22:17 Induction Training

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that employers give all employees sufficient information, training & supervision as is necessary for their Health & Safety. A broad guidance designed to ensure good preparation and emphasising to employees the areas of responsibility in working safely.

SG30:17 Management of Road Haulage for the Scaffolding Contractor

This guidance note is intended to help employers, managers and supervisors reduce the risk of vehicle accidents in the workplace. It will also be useful for self-employed people, contractors, safety representatives, vehicle operators and other employees concerned with transport safety in the workplace.

SG32:17 Provision of Extended and Telescopic Transoms and Board Brackets

This guidance is a detailed review intended to provide an overview of the existing products and work methods available for providing an inside platform on scaffolding and information and instruction to ensure they are used correctly in order to prevent falls of objects and people.

SG34:17 Guidance on Protection of the Public

This NASC guidance document has been produced to give an overview of the planning required and the range of precautions that need to be considered to eliminate the risk of harm including that of controlling the risk of falling material and transport accidents.

Adrian Rooney (NASC Health and Safety Committee Chair) commented: “NASC member representatives work tirelessly to develop and refine a comprehensive range of guidance to support the members in their day to day scaffold contracting requirements. Iconic titles such as SG4 and TG20 are supplemented by a range of lesser known but no less worthy titles, all of which play an important part in raising standards across the sector.”

For details on the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15, other guidance notes and the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit or email:

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NASC Announce Support for Members as CPD Approaches

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NASC Announce Support for Members as CPD Approaches

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) are very pleased to announce that they have set aside an initial sum of £30,000 to assist the membership who will be required to meet the CISRS CPD requirement for their Scaffolders and Advanced Scaffolders from 1st July 2017.

This will enable them to make a payment of £125 to NASC member companies, who support their employees through this process and meet the costs of their CISRS CPD courses.

NASC President Alan Lilley of Commercial Scaffolding Ltd in Hull said “The Confederation fully supports the introduction of the CISRS CPD requirement prior to card renewal, we see the benefits it will bring to the scheme, the individual card holder and their employers. We do realise however, that as with all training these benefits do not come without costs. As such NASC is looking to reinvest a substantial amount of money into NASC member companies who support their employees through this process and meet the costs of the CISRS CPD training.”

The £30,000 figure will help to subsidise training costs for 240 operatives in the first instance, with a further £20,000 ringfenced for additional CPD funding (160 operatives), should this initiative prove successful.

To be eligible to access this funding the operative must hold a current valid CISRS Scaffolder or Advanced card which has been renewed via the CISRS CPD 2-day course.

NASC will provide members with a link where they will complete an online application form in order submit a claim. All applications will then be verified via the CISRS database prior to funding being released, payments will be made within 4-6 weeks for those who meet the criteria. Any individual member company will be limited to a maximum of 10 applications initially.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said “It’s great to see the level of financial support NASC is willing to make available to assist their membership a possible figure of £50,000 and I hope I can convince them to consider further funding in 2018.”

All UK Scaffolding Contractors who currently pay CITB levy will be able to apply for CITB short duration training daily attendance grant of £50 per day for employees completing CISRS CPD training. For further information visit their website

CITB are currently running a funding pilot with NASC members which if successful will allow that daily attendance grant figure to be raised to £100 per day for those undertaking CPD when the new CIITB funding (2017/18) is made available towards the end of the year. Again, this will be available to all both NASC and non NASC members

CISRS with the support of National Construction College, LTC Group 87, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd intends to run a number of fully subsidised CPD courses across the UK in the coming months. These will be open to all employers on a “first come, first served” basis, initially companies will be limited to 1 candidate per company. CISRS will then look to team up with other CISRS approved Providers as the programme progresses.

Further information will be disseminated via participating Training Providers.

CPD Course dates are available for bookings at approved Providers. Go to for contact details.