Whilst there is no statutory requirement for a scaffold contractor to issue a handover certificate, clients may, in their own interest, and a recommendation by the NASC that the scaffold contractor issues a handover certificate to their client.
SG4:15 - 'Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations' - see's more emphasis on the creation of a 'Safe Zone' by scaffolders covering a variety of safe methods. This revision also see's the removal of the practice of the 'unprotected traversing element' from the tunneling principle.
This document gives scaffolding companies and clients guidance on The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR 2005) relating to safe means of access to and from scaffolding working platforms. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) outline that clients, principal designers,
principal contractors, designers and contractors should consider what form of access may be needed at the planning stage. This should include any emergency escape routes that have been identified by the risk assessment, the preferred option for access / egress and the required number of access points. On larger projects powered passenger / goods hoists may be a safer option if available. Where passenger hoists are used, an additional means of access will be required for emergency purposes (e.g. in the event of a fire or mechanical failure). This update is significant in that key changes are ‘Ladder Safety’ and ‘Security’ of access onto scaffolds that differs to the earlier SG25:14.
More than a quarter of the accidents reported each year by NASC members to enforcing authorities are associated with manual handling – the transporting or supporting of loads by hand, or by bodily force. A well-established document that proved to still be robust and valid. Hence date changes only in the 2015 update.
Employers are responsible for establishing an inspection regime for the inspection of fall protection equipment that is produced and implemented by a competent person. A Register of equipment should be compiled for use in managing the inspection regime.
This guidance note has been revised to take account of the changes in the Noise at Work Regulations. The erection and dismantling of scaffolding can create quite high levels of noise. The general moving and storage of scaffolding materials can be quite noisy and other related activities such as abrasive wheel cutters, bench mounted circular saws and drills all generate noise levels that could be detrimental to health that may require the employer to provide hearing protection and the employees to use it correctly.
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