News / 17.02.22

NASC’s Crisis Comms Efforts Recognised

Confederation picks up Trade Association Forum Best Practice Award

The NASC won the Crisis Management - Covid Member Support (Large Associations) award at the 2022 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards. Large

The category was open to trade associations that moved quickly and effectively to safeguard and support their members and/or the wider sector the association represents throughout the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic.

The NASC’s entry focused on the various ways in which the Confederation attempted to keep scaffolding industry businesses up-to-date and informed, including the creation and distribution of daily Covid-19 e-bulletins, the establishment of a dedicated Coronavirus News section of its website, and the production and dissemination of free to download Guidance for Scaffolding Operations During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic and an associated Toolbox Talk.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have been presented with this award. It’s a great tribute to a collective effort, and demonstrates the excellent support which the NASC has provided to its members during the pandemic.

“During the first few months of the pandemic there was a lot of often complex information being announced and implemented by Government on an almost daily basis.

“The NASC team worked tirelessly to communicate this information to members and the scaffolding industry at large in a clear and effective way, enabling businesses to make important commercial decisions with confidence. The team also worked proactively to support the scaffolding industry, producing its Guidance for Scaffolding Operations During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic and Toolbox Talk of the same name, and regularly reviewing and updating these resources as Government guidance changed.

“As the trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, keeping members and indeed non-members informed of ever-changing rules and Government support schemes during the Covid-19 pandemic was of paramount importance to us. I am delighted with how the team stepped up for its members and the scaffolding industry during this unprecedented and extremely challenging period.”

Emily Wallace, Interim Chief Executive, Trade Association Forum, said: “The judges were impressed by how the NASC responded quickly and accurately to re-focus their entire operation on the Covid emergency and how to mitigate the impact on members. They launched a daily email bulletin which was used by the whole industry.

“They developed Operational guidance, amending usual good practice in response to Covid-19 and developed risk assessment templates for main contractors to guide them in providing safe sites.”

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