National Access & Scaffolding Confederation
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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.
This guidance provides simple, practical and cost effective measures which employers can use to help prevent and manage the risk of violence to lone workers.
Effective measures do not have to be expensive. The most effective solutions usually arise from the way the business is run, such as staff training, working procedures and the physical environment. High-cost security equipment will normally only be needed where there is a particularly high risk.
Many scaffolding contractors are unaware of the requirements of BS 5975:2019, ‘Code of practice for temporary works procedures and permissible stress design of falsework’, which contains information regarding procedural controls for the management of temporary works. These controls not only apply to falsework, but also to all types of scaffolding. Whilst BS 5975 is not a legal requirement, it is often used by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors, when visiting sites, as the expected benchmark for appropriate controls required for the management of temporary works on site.
The NASC has therefore produced a brief, simple and concise guide to assist scaffolding contractors and others involved with the delivery and management of temporary works. This includes an outline of the requirements and how they can be simply and practically achieved.
The Handover Certificate will advise the client that at the time of the handover, the scaffold has been built to the required specification, it was suitable for the duty intended, it complies with the requirements of the Statutory Regulations, was structurally sound and in a safe condition for use. (Price is £4.80 includes VAT). Please note, as these certificates are available to NASC members only to purchase them please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
TG4:19 had amendments predominantly in relation to the orientation of ring bolts where current thinking is that settlement is probably greater than side wind loads so reduces potential shear loads on the bolt. Other minor changes were cosmetic. A recent update in April 2019 saw the removal of one reference only when the guidance was reissued as TG4:19.
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.
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