News / 19.12.22

SG4:22: Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations now available free to all

NASC’s recently revised core scaffolding safety guidance – SG4:22: Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations – is now available as a free download to all.


NASC members were initially allowed free access to the safety guidance – featuring 60 pages of detailed scaffolding sector analysis and safety guidance, with 95 key figures and illustrations – last week.


Now having had a chance to digest this, SG4:22 has been made available as a free download on the NASC website to everyone in the industry.


Acting NASC Managing Director, Dave Mosley said: “Our primary objective as the UK’s ‘go-to’ scaffolding and access industry trade body for best practice guidance is to make the scaffolding industry safer – through our safety and technical publications we help set the industry standard – not just for our members, but the entire scaffolding sector.


“By allowing SG4:22 to be downloaded free to all in the industry, NASC is making the industry safer – one scaffold at a time.”


The key changes in SG4:22 are:

  • The removal of obsolete technology.
  • The inclusion of case studies highlighting accident and enforcement learning.
  • The embracing of new technology (e.g., drones and 3D modelling).
  • Updates to reflect changes brought in with TG20:21 (such a TG20 loading bays).
  • The inclusion of modular system scaffolding as well as traditional tube and fitting.
  • Additional safety guidance on working on beams.
  • Hazards, risks and control measures required when working on fragile roofs.
  • Improved Safe System of Work (SSOW) for temporary roofs and the prevention of falls.


For now, the NASC states that current SG4:15YOU booklets can still be issued to scaffolders – alongside a tool box talk on the key changes, until SG4:22 booklets become available in early 2023.


SG4:22 Management Guide is available to download as a PDF from the NASC website ( now. Contact the NASC office for more details: Phone (+44) 20 7822 7400 or email