National Access & Scaffolding Confederation
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This NASC guidance document has been produced to give an overview of the planning required and the range of precautions that need to be considered to eliminate the risk of harm including that of controlling the risk of falling material and transport accidents.
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.
Specifically targeted at non-scaffold trades, this guidance will help the user in assuring that all scaffold structures are, and remain fit for use.
Supervision must enable and support employees to build effective professional relationships, develop good practice, and exercise both professional judgement and discretion in decision-making. For supervision to be effective it needs to combine a performance management approach with a dynamic, empowering and enabling supervisory relationship. Supervision should improve the quality of practice, support the development of integrated working and ensure continuing professional development.
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.
This guidance is for people who have management, supervisory or other health and safety responsibilities in scaffolding yards and intended as an aid to health, safety and environmental management and help reduce the number of injuries, cases of occupational ill health or harm to the environment.
The purpose of this guidance is to provide guidance on the management of long-standing scaffolding structures. Throughout the industry scaffolds are erected to provide long-term access requirements and often remain in position for many months or even years, for example temporary yard sheds, scaffolding material racking systems, maintenance scaffolds etc.
This Safety Guidance provides safety measures for scaffolding work carried out over / near water (including on, adjacent to or over water) where potential hazards exist. Employers should conduct a comprehensive risk assessment for this kind of work, taking into account the hazards identified and evaluated during the assessment, to develop a safe system of work.
Employers are also responsible for providing their workers with the necessary safety information, instruction, training, and supervision. In addition, safety measures on the use of lifting appliances / mobile plant, lifejackets / buoyancy aids for work over / near water should be intensified throughout the construction period. To prevent any person from falling from a height, suitable safety measures should also be developed and implemented.
Besides, effective rescue and emergency arrangements should be well established for work over / near water so as to safeguard the workers in an emergency situation.
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