Traditionally, flame retardant timber decking has long been a fundamental requirement for scaffolding in various sectors of the industry. However, in the light of the ‘Grenfell’ disaster, there has been a substantial increase in the number of contracts which specify the need for flame retardant scaffold boards.
This document gives details of various fire retardant treatments available, the recommended specification and guidance for care and storage.
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The effects of heat on scaffolding equipment can have a significant and permanent effect on its strength and performance. This guidance explains the potential issues and the action to be taken if equipment has been subjected to a fire or similar conditions.
BS2482:2009 defines both visual and machine strength grading standards for 38mm x 225mm boards supported at 1.2m spans and 63mm x 225mm boards supported at 2.5m spans; and machine strength grading standards only for 38mm x 225mm boards supported at 1.5m spans. This guidance is reviewed on the basis of removing A grade boards that should not exist. A visually graded board is still a BS2482 product and should be marked as such on the end band.
This guidance gives details of various products available which will satisfactorily hold down scaffold boards to prevent movement. Users should satisfy themselves that any proprietary system meets their requirements.
Scaffold board nailplates are specially stamped toothed strips of galvanised steel that can be applied to new or used boards to prevent or to repair existing end splits. Experience gained over many years by the scaffold industry indicates that the service life of a board can be substantially extended if nailplates are fitted. This revised and updated version contains additional information and guidance on the specification and fitting of nailplates.
This guidance note is concerned with advice for the safe erection, use and dismantling of temporary suspended chutes intended for the conveyance of waste construction materials. The guidance covers chutes constructed of detachable sections made of metal or non-metallic material, attached to scaffolding.
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