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NASC Praised at Access Industry Forum (AIF) Conference

NASC Praised at Access Industry Forum (AIF) Conference

The work of the NASC has been widely praised by speakers and delegates at the recent Access Industry Form (AIF) National Work At Height Conference.

The conference took place at the Holywell Park Conference Centre at Loughborough University on Thursday 13th October and involved around 100 industry professionals and representatives from the 11 AIF member bodies, including leading trade associations and federations involved working at height.

Conference keynote speaker, Phillip White, Head of Operational Policy and Strategy at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – who opened the conference, following introductions from AIF – praised AIF members, including the NASC specifically, for helping to “drive up health and safety standards in the work at height sector,” and made reference to the importance of the developing use of innovation and technology in the industry, such as the TG20:13 eGuide.

And industry expert, Barney Green, a freelance Technical Advisor who was representing the Association of Project Safety (APS) at the conference also heaped praise on the NASC for the TG20:13 eGuide, which he said was “an absolute game changer for the industry, a fabulous product and the best piece of guidance the NASC has published.”

The NASC also had a successful display stand at the event, and handed out the NASC 2016 Safety Report, promotional material and the new CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet and ‘Have You Got The Right Card?’ posters, as well as fielding questions and enquiries from many event delegates.

NASC’s Technical and Safety officer, Ken Johnson, who attended the event said: “It was an interesting meeting, well organised, with significant speakers. There have been several attempts over the years to provide an umbrella network for work at height groups, and AIF are doing a superb job of bringing the industry together. They are driving change and ultimately, helping to get those who work at height home safely to their loved ones. This conference has been an excellent step in the right direction, for AIF, as well as for NASC and CISRS, with some very useful dialogue.”

NASC Marketing consultant, Phil Royle added: “This has been an excellent and most useful event – with lively, engaging and informative expert speakers discussing a wide variety of work at height topics.

“It has also recognised how valuable the work that NASC and CISRS are doing is in the work at height and scaffolding sectors. To be praised highly by fellow industry professionals is indeed an honour. And we are delighted to be recognised for the good work our council, committee and staff members do – year in, year out – helping to make the scaffolding industry a safer place to work, through regulation, innovation and training.”

The NASC recently re-joined the Access Industry Forum (AIF) – the UK’s leading platform for principal trade bodies and federations in the work at height sector – with effect from 1 July 2016. This conference was the first event NASC and CISRS have been involved with since rejoining.

For details about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member and for details about the NASC Scaffolding Specification Document, new biennial scaffolding product innovation award, to order copies of the SG4:You 2015 pocket guide, information on the latest Safety (SG) and Technical (TG) guidance, or to order a TG20:13 full suite, please visit or email: And To obtain a copy of CAP 609, or the new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email

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New £1M Scottish CISRS Scaffolding Training Centre Opens

New £1M Scottish CISRS Scaffolding Training Centre Opens

CISRS has granted accreditation to a brand new scaffold training centre in the North East of Scotland – designed to meet the extensive needs of both the construction and oil and gas industries within the region.

The £1 million, purpose built training facility based at Clinterty in Aberdeen is the result of a matched funding partnership between The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and ASET International Oil & Gas Training Academy (ASET).

The business is the first scaffolding training centre in a region notable for the offshore scaffolding sector and will deliver a wide range of CISRS training ranging from apprenticeships to scaffold inspection.

Courses offered will include: CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS), Part 1, Part 2 and Basic Scaffolding Inspection Training Scheme (SITS), the centre will look to further enhance accreditation in the future to include the full range of CISRS courses, Advanced Scaffolding and Inspection, Supervisory training, Systems courses etc.

CISRS accreditation auditor, Trevor Donoghue said: “ASET and CITB have built an excellent centre here in Aberdeen, based upon the practical facilities I would envisage them increasing their CISRS course portfolio before next year’s annual audit visit.”

The centre aims to provide training for up to 50 scaffolding apprentices a year – with nine apprentices starting their apprenticeship in the first few weeks of the centre gaining accreditation.

Atholl Menzies, Chief Executive at ASET, commented: “This is an exciting time for ASET and CITB as we begin to realise our vision of creating a centre of excellence for scaffolding training in the North of Scotland. This purpose–built facility is perfectly positioned to meet the demand for accredited training at introductory and advanced levels – from Dundee to Shetland. The facility will train and upskill the Scottish workforce and benefit both the construction and oil and gas industries.

“The apprenticeship provision will help to attract new entrants into the industry, making an important contribution to the local economy. And the extensive range of commercial courses available will open up new opportunities for employers and individuals alike.

“Organisations now have a greater choice in selecting the right training options to develop the skills of their workforce, and individuals can choose to develop existing or acquire new skills in readiness for market opportunities in the decommissioning arena.”

Dundee-based employer Kevin Malone from Skyline Scaffolding Ltd’s apprentice, Darren Holt, who has just commenced his training at the new facility said: “I was extremely happy when I heard the new centre was opening. It is long overdue, and will certainly be a great boost for scaffolding training in the area.”

David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager echoed these sentiments when he stated: “There has been talk of opening a second CISRS training centre in Scotland for over a decade, NCC Scotland in Inchinnan is full to bursting at the moment, I’m sure the additional capacity in the North of Scotland will be very warmly received within the scaffolding fraternity, we wish them every success.”

A full listing of CISRS training courses at the new facility can be found at And for further information on the CISRS scheme, to obtain free copies of the CISRS General Information Booklet, ‘Have You Got The Right Card?’ CISRS poster, or any other relevant CISRS information please visit or email

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New NASC Promotional Film Launches

New NASC Promotional Film Launches

The NASC has launched a promotional film – aiming to broaden the safe scaffolding message of the UK’s leading access and scaffolding trade body and to encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to become members of the confederation.

The three-minute film – which is available to view via the NASC’s social media channels and website – features interviews with three different sized member companies, at three separate locations and access and scaffolding jobs across the UK.

Kyle Basterfield, Commercial Director of Kirk Scaffolding Ltd in Blackburn, is interviewed at a conventional tube and fitting scaffold on a large church tower renovation project in rural Lancashire. David McBride, Senior Contracts Supervisory Manager of Turner Access Limited in Glasgow talks about a large-scale housing job using their OCTO system scaffolding for EON Energy Services. And Ian McFarlane, Director of Business & Project Development for XERVON Palmers Limited, is on site at a huge job for for main contractor Galliford Try, providing scaffolding services and access solutions over live railway lines for the extensive renovation of Carlisle train station.

The film was shot by a leading supplier of digital media using the latest equipment and techniques, with the project managed by NASC Marketing Manager, Phil Royle of Royle Media, who said: “We wanted to create a modern, fast-paced and engaging film about what being an NASC member does for different sizes of scaffolding contracting firms, why they should want to be part of the confederation, what the benefits of being involved are and to give the construction sector a clear visual message of the quality, safe and regulated service our 200+ contracting members offer.

“The end result is something accessible, interesting and inspirational for those who watch it, and we hope it will be widely enjoyed and shared within the scaffolding, construction and health and safety industries.”

NASC President Alan Lilley said: “It has been said by many that the NASC is a closed shop – this could not be further from the truth, and this film goes a long way to get that message across. One of my aims during my presidency is to significantly increase the membership by the end of my term in 2017 by raising the profile of the confederation. This film is an important part of that process. Hopefully it will encourage many SME firms to go through the audit process (with our help) and become NASC members.”

To view the film, please visit the NASC website and Twitter or Facebook social media channels (where the film is pinned to the top of the profiles).

And for details about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member and for details about the NASC Scaffolding Specification Document, new biennial scaffolding product innovation award, to order copies of the SG4:You 2015 pocket guide, information on the latest Safety (SG) and Technical (TG) guidance, or to order a TG20:13 full suite, please visit or email:

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CISRS Instructors Conference Success

CISRS Instructors Conference Success

The third annual CISRS Instructors Conference took place last weekend, at the Birches conference centre, National Construction College East, Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn.

The event was heralded a success by CISRS scheme management and the 40+ delegates in attendance. The vast majority of delegates arrived on site on Friday for an evening meal and drinks prior to a busy day of discussion & presentations on Saturday. The event takes place at weekends in order to limit disruption to the training schedules of the instructors.

The conference was chaired by Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley who spoke on CISRS standardisation particularly in relation to the recent changes to the Part 2 training package, CPD for Scaffolders, which is to be introduced in 2017. He also faced an open Q&A session at the conclusion of the conference fielding a series of questions from the instructors, leading to an open exchange of dialogue on scaffold training and the CISRS scheme.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “As with previous events, there was some lively debate and difference of opinion on some issues – but I do think having these conversations is an important thing to do.

“The instructors are running these courses week in week out, so it is essential we get together, hear what they have to say and try to give clear guidance of how we wish everyone to move forward in a way that is beneficial to both those attending courses and the instructors themselves.”

Other speakers at the conference included: Ex-NASC President and CISRS representative, Bob Whincap who covered CISRS scheme rules and instructor responsibilities. Tony Barry (Senior Instructor at NCC Midlands), who previewed the work carried out so far by the CISRS standardisation Group on the Advanced programme and Simian Risk Management Limited MD and Temporary Works Forum member, Simon Hughes. He discussed how temporary works procedures can apply to the scaffolding sector and plans to introduce more information surrounding this topic into the CISRS training scheme.

Simon Hughes said: “We used my presentation as a workshop exercise where we asked each group to consider the core courses in the scheme and list the areas of temporary works that should be included in each course. We divided the room into four groups with a spokesperson for each group feeding their recommendations back to the conference for further feedback. The recommendations from the conference will form the basis of the Temporary Works module we are developing for each course, with appropriate content focused towards the learner.”

David John Adams, Lead Instructor at CISRS training centre AIS said: “It was my first time attending the conference and I thought it was very good. The Friday evening was more of a social event and gave me a chance to talk to other instructors in a relaxed atmosphere. As AIS has only recently received Part 2 accreditation it was interesting to hear questions raised by other centres around delivery of these courses. The conversations that followed were very open and will help me to avoid any potential issues in future Part 2 courses.”

To obtain free copies of the CISRS General Information Booklet, ‘Have You Got The Right Card?’ CISRS poster, or any other relevant CISRS information please visit or email

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New CISRS Cards Poster Issued

New CISRS Cards Poster Issued

CISRS has issued a brand new card information poster entitled ‘Have you got the right card?’ which is available to all free of charge by emailing

The CISRS poster has been created in order to provide a quick reference point for those wishing to ensure that individuals carrying out scaffolding operations on their sites have completed the relevant training, experience and assessment and are holding the correct CISRS card.

The poster includes the full suite of CISRS cards; Scaffolding Labourer, Basic Access Systems Erector (BASE), Trainee, Scaffolder, Advanced Scaffolder, Scaffolding Supervisor and Basic and Advanced Scaffold Inspector. It provides details of what each card should look like, how they are obtained and what work they entitle the card holder to carry out. It also highlights the importance of looking for the correct endorsement on the rear of the card for those operatives using Systems Scaffolding.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “Having just re-issued the CAP 609 General Information booklet, which documents the CISRS scheme rules in detail, it made sense to update the posters which provide the basic information at a glance. They have always been popular and well received document and we will make them readily available to any interested party.

“The eye-catching poster is a must for all clients, employers, training providers, Health and Safety consultants etc. involved in the scaffolding sector.”

To obtain copies of the new poster, or for a full a list of approved CISRS & OSTS training providers, further details about CISRS card courses, mandatory 2017 CPD training, changes to courses following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about the CISRS scheme, please visit or email

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Second CISRS OSTS Centre Opens in South Korea

Second CISRS OSTS Centre Opens in South Korea

CISRS are pleased to announce the accreditation and opening of a second Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in South Korea.

The new centre in Ulsan, in the south of the country, is opened in partnership with OSTS approved training providers, Safety & Access – celebrating their 25th anniversary this year – and Applus Velosi: Oil and gas industry sector service providers, who focus on vendor inspection, third party inspection, certification, testing, engineering and manpower services for the oil & gas sector globally.

The Ulsan centre offers CISRS scaffold related training including OSTS Scaffolder Levels 1-3, scaffold inspection and scaffold supervisor courses.

The accreditation audit was carried out this month by CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley, who was already in South Korea conducting the annual accreditation visit to the existing Safety and Access CISRS centre in Geoje. This centre established in 2013 has trained over 2,500 scaffolders, supervisors and inspectors in collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries.

Following the accreditation, Safety & Access Joint MD Rick Statham said: “The new centre represents a very important location for us, based in Ulsan it provides a strategic base to support to the major shipbuilding and offshore industries which operate locally. We have been trading in South Korea for approaching four years and we can see the requirement for quality training growing as interest in and respect for the CISRS Overseas scheme grows.”

Dave Mosley and Rick Statham took the opportunity to meet with key local clients including DSME, Shell and Chevron to give them a tour of the Geoje centre and outline the possibilities and future plans for CISRS training in the area.

Mr Mosley said: “It is very pleasing to see the CISRS OSTS scheme doing so well and Safety & Access expanding their presence in South Korea. We hope that the new centre can emulate the success of the centre here in Geoje.
“CISRS recognise the fantastic commitment made by Samsung Heavy Industries in training over 2,500 people making them, the employer and South Korea, the region with most CISRS OSTS qualified operatives worldwide.

“There is an increased interest in CISRS in South Korea at the moment, despite the current downturn in the oil and gas sector and it is great to see Shell, Chevron and DSME exploring the possibility of going down the CISRS route.”

To obtain more details on OSTS training providers, a new CISRS cards poster, a list of approved CISRS UK providers, further details about CISRS card courses, mandatory 2017 CPD training, changes to courses following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about the CISRS scheme, please visit or email

The OSTS scheme started in 2012 and has now been established in UAE, Qatar, Philippines and South Korea, Nepal and Nigeria, training more than 4,500 scaffolders worldwide.

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New NASC Membership Certificates

New NASC Membership Certificates

The NASC has created new membership certificates for its three tiers of membership – full contracting, full non contracting (hire, sales and manufacturing) and information only members.

The colourful new certificates have a professional appearance and carry a brief explanation setting out the requirement for achieving and maintaining compliance with NASC membership status, along with a statement that NASC member companies are expected to comply with confederation standards.

For the first time, there is a standalone certificate for NASC full non contracting membership, giving the NASC hire/sale sector recognition for their role in the scaffolding sector.

The new NASC membership certificates will be introduced from 1st September 2016 (old style certificates will of course remain valid until date of expiry).

NASC President Alan Lilley said: “We wanted to create a striking new document which reflects that obtaining NASC membership through the strict audit process and criteria is more than just a paper chasing exercise, as it is for many accreditation bodies. Achieving NASC membership and maintaining member status is something to be proud of, and these new certificates reflect this.”

NASC MD Robin James added: “The old style certificates were overdue for updating and the new versions are striking, modern and professional in appearance. We hope all our members take pride in displaying the new membership certificates in their offices across the UK.”

NASC full contracting members are audited to exacting standards. Contracting members must also comply with the latest NASC safety and technical guidance, pay particular regard to CISRS scaffolding industry training requirements and meet a minimum requirement of 75% direct employment of scaffolding operatives, in addition to other audited membership criteria, details for which can be found here.

For details about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member and for details about the NASC Scaffolding Specification Document, new biennial scaffolding product innovation award, to order copies of the SG4:You 2015 pocket guide, information on the latest Safety (SG) and Technical (TG) guidance, or to order a TG20:13 full suite, please visit or email:

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NASC Re-Joins Access Industry Forum (AIF)

NASC Re-Joins Access Industry Forum (AIF)

The NASC has re-joined the Access Industry Forum (AIF) – the UK’s leading platform for principal trade bodies and federations in the work at height sector, with effect from 1 July 2016.

The NASC was previously a member of AIF, but parted company four years ago. However, following the successful introduction of benchmark NASC industry guidance TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’ in 2014, and publication of the updated SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ in 2015, formal discussions with AIF have been back on the agenda.

NASC MD Robin James commented: “We are extremely pleased to be re-joining the Access Industry Forum. NASC, and CISRS (the UK scaffolding industry training scheme) will contribute a great deal to industry debate and discussion within AIF, and will bring a wealth of expertise in terms of the work at height agenda and training in the access sector.

“The confederation is looking forward to re-engaging in dialogue with its partner AIF members during the second half of 2016, and promoting the benefits of using NASC members to contractors in the construction sector.”

Peter Bennett, Access Industry Forum Chair commented: “We are delighted to welcome NASC back into the AIF fold. The presence of NASC as the representative trade body for the UK scaffolding industry will bring a welcome additional dimension to debate and discussion at AIF.”

The first project with which NASC will be associated upon re-joining will be the AIF Conference ‘Implementing Change and Innovation in Work at Height’. The event will take place on Thursday 13 October 2016 at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough. A range of industry speakers and experts will be considering all aspects of the work at height industry, ranging from the implications of Brexit to the use of drones for access design. The event is supported by APS, HAE and the IIRSM, and the keynote speaker will be Philip White, HSE Head of Operational Policy and Strategy.

NASC has also agreed to participate in the AIF stand at the forthcoming Safety & Health Expo at London Excel on 20-22 June 2017, with a view to promoting good practice in the work at height industry together with its partners in AIF.

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) is the principal forum for UK trade bodies involved in the work at height sector. Each member organisation within AIF represents a different discipline within the access industry, and the group fosters and supports good industry practice, high standards of training and equipment, and the dissemination of industry information and knowledge.

For details on the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member and for details on the NASC Scaffolding Specification Document, new biennial scaffold product innovation award, to order copies of the SG4:You 2015 pocket guide, for information on the latest Safety (SG) and Technical (TG) guidance, or to order a TG20:13 full suite, please visit or email:

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CISRS CPD 2017 Page Goes Live on Website

CISRS CPD 2017 Page Goes Live on Website

There has been quite a reaction on social media since it was announced that CPD courses for Scaffolders will be introduced from summer 2017. CISRS has now set up specific CPD page on it’s website in a response to some of misinformation being circulated around the sector.

The aim of the webpage is to provide background information surrounding the introduction of the new scheme, why CISRS has concluded that CPD is necessary, proposed course content whilst also answering some of the questions that have been raised by concerned scaffolders and employers. The Industry has had a mixed response to the announcement however there are many across the wider industry who have welcomed the idea.

“Following the publication of the Industrial Strategy for Construction in 2013, the construction industry has refocussed its efforts on ensuring the workforce is appropriately qualified. Continuous professional development (CPD) is an effective method of ensuring all construction workers keep up to date with the latest developments and processes. CSCS welcomes the introduction of CPD as part of the renewal process for a CISRS card, further reinforcing the highly skilled reputation of UK scaffolders.”
Graham Wren
Chief Executive
Construction Skills Certification Scheme

Much of the initial opposition to the introduction of CPD appears to be cost and who will pay for the course, rather than the principle of CPD itself. CISRS are currently in discussions with CITB to see if any additional funding can be sourced to help offset the costs of the CPD programme.

CPD for Scaffolders has not been driven by Training Providers and cannot be described as a “Knee Jerk” reaction. It is an agenda that has been pushed by wider industry for many years, particularly the HSE in the case of scaffolding. CISRS and ASITO have been convinced it is the right thing to do for our safety critical sector.

“HSE Inspectors sometimes come across scaffolders on site who are not up to date on current accepted practices with respect to safe erection and dismantling of scaffolding. This is an issue that is easily resolved through CPD and HSE welcomes the introduction of this into the CISRS scheme. This brings the scheme into line with many other construction trades and it will have a very positive effect, particularly for those who may not have received any formal training in many years. It should help employers demonstrate that their operatives have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil their duties under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.”
Ray Cooke
Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit
Health & Safety Executive

Link to webpage

CISRS understands that there will always be a reaction to changes within a sector, but is hoping to dispel some of the myths that have emerged in recent weeks. The web page will be updated regularly and a Frequently Asked Questions section is currently being put together.

For a full a list of approved CISRS training providers, further details about CISRS card courses, OSTS news, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email for more assistance.

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NASC 2017 Yearbook Call for Advertising

NASC 2017 Yearbook Call for Advertising

NASC members wishing to take the opportunity to advertise in the forthcoming NASC 2017 Yearbook – published again by Construction Manager publishers, Atom to an audience of 30,492 industry professionals, including all members of the  Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) directly – are being asked to do so at their earliest convenience.

The NASC 2017 Yearbook will be launched at the NASC AGM on 25th November in Amsterdam and also within the November/December issue of Construction Manager – published in November 2016.

Discounted standard position display advertising rates for 2017 remain unchanged. However, unlike in previous years, where ‘grandfather rights’ for key positions and unlimited advertising pages were allowed, the NASC 2017 Yearbook will sell premium positions on an auction basis. Member only advertisers are restricted to a total of two pages (or any permutation thereof) of advertising space within the NASC 2017 Yearbook.

Key positions within the NASC 2017 Yearbook will go to auction with all members having an opportunity to post their bid to take prime locations within the publication. Prime positions up for auction are:

  • Inside Front Cover @ £2,625
  • Outside Back Cover @ £2,625
  • Inside Back Cover @ £1,950
  • First right hand page @ £2,000
  • Second right hand page @ £1,975
  • Third right hand page @ £1,950

Bids should be lodged for the above premium positions with directly. And the auction closes on 23rd August 2016, when members will be informed if their bid is successful and if so what position(s) they have been allocated.

Standard NASC 2017 Yearbook display advertising rates are as follows:

  • DPS @ £3,200
  • Full page @ £1,910
  • Half page @ £1,265
  • Quarter page @ £685

NASC MD Robin James said: “Following the success of the NASC 2016 Yearbook, we are again delighted to have Construction Manager magazine as our media partner for the 2017 edition. And we are pleased to maintain 2016 standard advertising rates and introduce a level playing field system for advertisers, with a prime position auction.

“In an increasingly digital market, it’s amazing how popular the printed copy of the NASC Yearbook is. Its success is largely down to reaching a target audience of construction sector professionals and CIOB members, who are drawn from a wide range of professional disciplines within the construction supply chain, including principal contractors, house builders, surveyors, consultants, private developers as well as specialists from housing associations, health trusts and county, borough, metropolitan and city councils.

“Access to this readership allows the confederation to penetrate a very specific audience which influences, directs and manages a high number of construction projects, as well as providing an opportunity to submit project reports in an attractively presented industry yearbook.

“Construction Manager has successfully promoted the NASC for over five years via editorial, online and page advertising. NASC members are encouraged to use this unique opportunity to advertise in the 2017 yearbook to profile their ability to provide high quality scaffolding to an influential and key decision making construction audience.”

NASC members wishing to book advertising space with Construction Manager and ensure their message is delivered to the largest print magazine construction audience in the UK should call Atom publishing on 020 7490 5595 and ask to speak with either David Smith or Tom Peardon.

To view the 2016 NASC Yearbook or to obtain complimentary copies, download the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance Management Guide, order copies of the SG4:15 You user guide, purchase a TG20:13 full suite and for information about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including how to become an NASC member, please visit or email: directly. And for more details on CISRS training, including details on CPD courses and a list of current providers, please visit:

(NB: Only NASC members can book advertisements in this exclusive yearbook & all prices quoted above are plus VAT @ 20%).