Procuring, appointing and managing scaffolding contracts can be difficult at the best of times. That’s why the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation has published a new free guidance note aimed at making these tasks as clear as possible.
This simple, go-to guide – appropriately named SG39-21 Guidance on Appointing a Scaffolding Contractor – can be downloaded here. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the NASC’s comprehensive scaffolding management guide, updated in December 2020. This can be downloaded here:
Why do you need these guides?
Peace of mind is a good place to start. Under The Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM), principal contractors and contractors have an important role in managing health and safety risks during the construction phase.
Among their duties, they are required to check that anyone they appoint has the skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, the organisational capability to carry out their work safely and without risk to health.
These NASC guides have been prepared by the NASC to improve the quality of the scaffolding 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.
The NASC has been setting the standard for scaffolding since 1945.
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