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NASC Launches TG20:13 eGuide Version 1.2

NASC Launches TG20:13 eGuide Version 1.2

The NASC is pleased to announce the availability of version 1.2 of the TG20:13 eGuide, released in July 2017.

This update incorporates a number of enhancements and is supplied as a free upgrade to registered users of the TG20:13 eGuide on Windows, Mac and Android computers and devices.

The upgrade is available as a download from the NASC website or, for the Windows and Mac versions, as a CD available on request from the NASC.

The upgrade has been developed by the NASC, in association with software developers CADS, in response to feedback received from a consultation held with the NASC membership and purchasers of TG20:13 in 2016.

The new update demonstrates the commitment of the NASC to the continual improvement of TG20:13 to meet the demands of the UK scaffolding industry, and increasingly overseas.

The principal features of the software upgrade are as follows:

  1. Automatic site reference. The site reference displayed on the TG20 compliance sheet now automatically defaults to the address for the location selected on the wind map screen, providing that an internet connection is available.
  2. Checking a compliance sheet. A new option has been provided to indicate that a suitable person has checked that appropriate data input options have been selected in the TG20 eGuide when generating the compliance sheet, for integration with temporary works management processes.
  3. Reporting the permitted seasons. The TG20 compliance sheet now specifies the season(s) during which the scaffold will be standing, either ‘during any season’ or ‘during the spring and summer’ depending on the option selected for the compliance sheet.
  4. Company logo. A company logo may now be added to personalise the TG20 compliance sheet header, including any accreditation logos relevant to the company.
  5. Compliance sheet illustrations. A ‘TG20 compliant’ stamp has been super-imposed on the illustration in the top left corner of the TG20 compliance sheets. This is to clarify that the illustration, although representative, is not intended to be a construction drawing.
  6. Build UK support. The NASC is pleased to announce the continued support of TG20:13 by Build UK, whose logo is now included on the header of every TG20 compliance sheet.

Rob Lynch (Chair of NASC TG20 Working Group and CEO Lyndon Scaffolding plc) commented: “The NASC has worked closely with CADS to develop this latest upgrade. Feedback from the industry-wide consultation in 2016 was carefully analysed. Version 1.2 represents a significant enhancement.”

Ian Chambers (CADS International Sales and Marketing) added: “This latest release marks another chapter in the development of TG20:13, and underscores the benefits to the scaffolding industry arising from this collaborative venture between NASC and CADS.”

Robin James (NASC Managing Director) commented: “Few can have imagined the penetration which TG20:13 has achieved since launch in 2014. More than 2,000 copies of the eGuide have now been issued by NASC. The TG20 working group will continue to refine and develop this widely-adopted and increasingly iconic product to meet the needs of the temporary works sector.”

Help and support

To coincide with the launch of version 1.2 of the TG20:13 eGuide, support with installation or activation of the eGuide is available directly from CADS, authors of the TG20 eGuide software at support@cads.co.uk

To download the upgrade as an existing TG20:13 eGuide user, or for further details regarding version 1.2 please consult the TG20 page on the NASC website.

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NASC Health & Safety And Technical Guidance Titles Freely Available To Download

NASC Health & Safety And Technical Guidance Titles Freely Available To Download

With immediate effect all NASC Health & Safety and Technical guidance titles, other than pocket guides and the TG20 suite of publications, will be available to download free of charge from the NASC website.

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation publishes a comprehensive and expanding range of industry guidance titles, all of which are regularly reviewed and updated by its Health & Safety and Technical committees.

Copies of these titles have always been available to purchase in hard copy format from the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk.

Until now free downloads have been restricted to NASC member companies only, with one notable exception.

In 2015, and by agreement with HSE, the confederation issued the latest version of its iconic management guidance titled SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations. This 60-page A4 management guide has been freely available to download from the NASC website ever since publication.

In the foreword of SG4:15 the then HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, Peter Baker commented: “It is encouraging that the NASC continues to fulfil their commitment as a trade organisation to develop guidance for their industry.

“In taking ownership and establishing good practice it has enabled scaffolding contractors to better manage the risk and demonstrates improved safety performance through their membership.”

The confederation has now taken this a step further and made all of its Health & Safety and Technical guidance titles freely available to the scaffolding industry, other than the pocket guides and the TG20 suite of publications.

NASC President Alan Lilley commented: “By continuing to refine and develop new and existing guidance titles the NASC recognises its responsibility to raise industry standards, not just for its membership, but for the scaffolding industry and the construction sector as a whole.

“By making this Health & Safety and Technical guidance freely available to the industry the confederation is again demonstrating its commitment to making the industry a safer place in which to work.”

Copies of all NASC guidance titles will continue to be available to purchase in hard copy format from the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk

For details on the new membership application process, copies of the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15 and the plethora of other recently published, industry-accepted Technical Guidance (TG) and Health and Safety Guidance (SG) and on the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC Present At London Work At Height Seminar 2017

NASC Present At London Work At Height Seminar 2017

The NASC took part in the London Work At Height Seminar 2017 at the City of London’s prestigious Guildhall on Monday July 10th – presenting on developments within the scaffolding and access sector, and recently published guidance, to a substantial gathering of industry professionals.

The second London Work at Height Seminar built on the success of the highly regarded 2016 event, “providing opportunity for our industry to collaborate in the interests of safety awareness, best practice and knowledge sharing; and to demonstrate a variety of work at height methodologies and industry innovations.”

The event is largely aimed at Local Government Authorities, Procurement Professionals, Health & Safety Professionals, Building & Facilities Managers and all other professionals who have an interest in work at height within the City of London and beyond.

In addition to the NASC’s presentation, and those of similar trade bodies and organisations, such as the Access Industry Form (of which NASC are members), there were noteworthy presentations from the City of London Corporation, with Jeremy Simons and Toby Thorp speaking on safe working at height within the city. Also the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) represented at the event by Ray Cooke (Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit), with Paul Bussey, a Technical Consultant for Allford Hall Monaghan Morris the second guest speaker.

Meanwhile, out in the ‘Courtyard’ area of the Guildhall, there were demonstrations of work at height equipment in use.

NASC Technical Officer, Ken Johnson, who presented at the event on behalf of the confederation said: “It’s been another tremendous gathering of industry minds, with a lot of very useful information disseminated and great positivity about successful safe working practices within the industry.

“There was great praise for the huge steps the NASC has taken in getting scaffolders and those who use scaffolds home safely. And there was plenty of interest in the TG20:13 eGuide (which is about to be updated to Version 1.2), SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ safety guidance, and the ‘Scaffold Specification Template,’ which was very well received amongst seminar delegates, along with the NASC 2017 Safety Report.”

NASC MD, Robin James added: “This seminar brings together all the major players in the work at height sector and is making a positive impact on working practices and safety guidance. We are very pleased to be involved, as the national trade body for the access and scaffolding industry in the UK – producing industry guidance for scaffolding contractors, their operatives and clients since 1945.”

For details on the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15 and recently published Technical Guidance (TG) and Health and Safety Guidance (SG) and the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk

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NASC Introduces Online Membership Application and Audit Process

NASC Introduces Online Membership Application and Audit Process

The NASC has introduced a state-of-the-art online membership application system – streamlining the process for full membership applications for potential new members.

This online process has been developed by London-based website technicians, Deep (responsible for creating the new-look NASC website) and makes it simpler for scaffolding firms to apply for full membership of the 240+ strong confederation – bringing the organisation into line with other similar pre-qualification membership audit systems.

NASC President, Alan Lilley of Commercial Scaffolding Ltd said: “NASC have pursued the online application/membership process to simplify the desktop application and annual audit procedure along with the site audit (which is undertaken every two years).

“All the information required for the audit will be uploaded to the NASC portal a month prior to the site audit – allowing our auditors more time to carry out site audits, which is a time-consuming process. The new online system will also replace the two-yearly self-certification, which is currently required to be completed by our members.

“Once the first online information is completed it will be a simple exercise to amend the details and maintain each year. The records will be stored electronically by the NASC – thereby removing the need to store paper files, as is the current arrangement.

“I am confident that the whole process will allow the NASC to carry out its audits in a more efficient manor and bring it into line with other accredited bodies in the construction industry.”

In order to cope with the influx of current membership applications and efficiently manage the new online portal, NASC has taken on an extra member of staff, Stephen Allen-Tidy, an IOSH qualified Health and Safety Advisor, who will be responsible for assessing and verifying the information when it is uploaded onto the new membership application section of the website.

And the confederation has also taken on two new NASC auditors, James Brierley and Craig Penketh, to cope with the additional demands of the expanding NASC membership.

NASC Audit Committee Chairman, Mel Archer of Archway Services Plc said: “Auditing our members has become more efficient with the introduction of the online application form. Enrolling new contracting membership applications digitally should mean that a new applicant will have quicker access to full membership of the NASC.

“Our team of independent auditors will now have more time to be able to focus on the scaffolding activities of our members both on-site and at their depots – to ensure full compliance with membership standards and adherence to the strict criteria for full membership.”

Putting the new system into context, the latest member of the confederation, Plymouth-based JEM Scaffolding Ltd, Operations Director, Richard Barnes said: “Thank you very much. If you knew what a difficult year this had been, you would not believe how happy NASC membership has made us. Thanks for your support and we look forward to working with the rest of the NASC members going forward.”

NASC MD, Robin James added: “With a record level of members and a continued growth in membership applications, the confederation needed to modernise and streamline its application processes, and boost the support behind the scenes to improve efficiency. We are confident the whole membership and audit process is now simpler, faster and more modern and we’re sure the membership will find it useful.”

For details on the new membership application process, copies of the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15 and the plethora of other recently published, industry-accepted Technical Guidance (TG) and Health and Safety Guidance (SG) and on the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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CISRS CPD Courses Go Live From 1 July 2017

CISRS CPD Courses Go Live From 1 July 2017

CISRS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are now live – making it a mandatory requirement to attend a two-day course at an approved training provider prior to scaffolder or advanced scaffolder card renewal.

The CPD course was formally announced in June 2016, giving the industry over 12 months notice prior to the commencement date. This was following lengthy discussions within the scaffolding sector and extensive correspondence with the HSE who pushed hard for what they felt was an omission to an otherwise very robust training scheme servicing a safety critical sector.

CISRS training has been around in one form or another for over 40 years. It was felt that it was time to bring it in line with other safety critical sectors and introduce a refresher element.

“HSE Inspectors 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,” said Ray Cooke Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit, Health & Safety Executive.

The introduction of the new CPD courses is designed to ensure that all card holding scaffolders (and advanced scaffolders) are kept up to date with the latest legislation and industry guidance, and maintain the highest possible standards of scaffolding safety.

“After some initial scepticism ‘it’s a money-making venture’ and ‘I’ve been doing this 30 years’ etc. the majority of the industry are now behind the introduction of the courses and recognise it’s about raising standards, keeping people safe and up to date with legislation and changes within the industry. There has been a lot of time and effort put into creating the right balance and depth of useful content into the two-day CPD course. CISRS are confident it will only serve to strengthen the safety and knowledge of those attending and help to raise the reputation of the trade amongst the wider industry,” said Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager.

CPD courses are now available to be delivered by CISRS-accredited training providers. Six fully funded (free) courses have been offered by CISRS and participating Training Providers National Construction College, LTC Training Services, Safety and Access and Simian Skill across the country.

The majority of the course content will be the same for both scaffolders and advanced scaffolders – with the main difference being the scaffold structures used for the practical inspection sessions.

Course content includes:

* SG4:15 – Inclusive of SG19 and harness training.
* TG20:13 – Inclusive of masonry anchors.
* General scaffolding knowledge testing.
* RAMS.
* SG6 – Manual handling, inclusive of ropes and wheels and knots.
* MATS.
* Trends in accidents and reporting accidents.
* Impact wrenches.
* Vehicles.
* Communication – Inclusive of scaffolder responsibilities and behaviour.
* Edge protection and roof works.
* Drugs and alcohol.
* PPE – Responsibilities of employer.
* Incomplete scaffolds – Inclusive of signage and access.
* System scaffold awareness.
* Protection of the public.
* Health, Safety & Behavioural Test.

The course also offers theoretical and practical sessions on scaffold inspection and aluminium tower modules, which if completed successfully can be endorsed on the rear of the new card and a CISRS Health, Safety & Behavioural Test, which if passed will negate the need for a separate CITB HS&E Test.

Dave Mosley added: “We really feel that the introduction of CPD is right for the scheme and the industry. We realise that this is a big change for the sector – which is why we gave everyone plenty of notice before it went live and we will be on hand to support the scaffolding community through these changes.”

For a full a list of approved CISRS training providers offering CPD, 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 www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk for more assistance.