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NASC Becomes SSIP Registered Member

NASC Becomes SSIP Registered Member

We are very pleased to announce that the NASC is now a Registered Member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP).

Earlier this year the decision to apply for SSIP accreditation was made as it was felt this would add real value to the membership, and over the summer a plan was implemented by the NASC to achieve accreditation.

A working party consisting of NASC President Alan Lilley, NASC Audit Committee Chairman Mel Archer, NASC Auditor Alastair Mackenzie, NASC Membership Manager Jamie McGuire, and external consultant Darren Male (Quensh Consultancy) was set up to review the Health & Safety section of the NASC audit process and make the necessary improvements in order to comply with PAS 91 Criteria, which is the standard for construction related procurement and pre-qualification questionnaires.

As part of the improvements required by SSIP, the audit process was moved entirely online to make the submission of information easier for the contracting company, and easier for NASC to assess the information.

Following successful audit by SSIP and subsequent integration of information to the SSIP Portal, membership was recently confirmed in October 2017.

NASC President Alan Lilley said: “There is no doubt about it – this is another feather in the confederation’s cap. As former chairman of the Audit Committee it was a wish of mine to have the NASC audit process recognised by SSIP which will save our members a lot of time when it comes to completing PQQs. The NASC audit being endorsed by SSIP creates added value for existing members and prospective NASC members looking to join. I am delighted that we can announce this information.”

NASC Audit Committee Chairman Mel Archer also commented “The Health & Safety section of our audit was already focusing on a lot of the PAS 91 Criteria, which is required by SSIP in order to become accepted for membership. We recognise that in this everchanging industry we must always look to improve our audit process, and in becoming an SSIP Registered Member we have achieved this. We have also employed a Health & Safety officer, Stephen Allen-Tidy who has completed SSIP Assessor training in order to fulfil our obligations as an SSIP Registered Member.

“It is clear that having a more robust Health & Safety section in our audit has also had a knock-on effect in other sections of the audit process, such as Environmental and Training which have been reviewed and updated too. And with a new, easy to use online application/audit process being developed in view of our application to join SSIP it demonstrates our commitment to add value to NASC membership and shows the improvements SSIP membership has rewarded us.”

New NASC full membership certificates have been designed incorporating the SSIP logo date which will shortly be in circulation throughout the membership.

For more information on Safety Schemes In Procurement please visit www.ssip.org.uk

To apply for SSIP accredited NASC full membership please visit www.nasc.org.uk/membership/full-membership

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UEG Annual General Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden

UEG Annual General Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden

NASC participated in the UEG Annual General Assembly at the Scandic Continental hotel, Stockholm on Friday 13 October 2017. The event was hosted by the Swedish scaffolding organisation (STIB) and the event was attended by 52 delegates.

UEG (Union Europaischer Geruestbaubetriebe) is the umbrella organisation for European national trade bodies in the access and scaffolding sector, and NASC represents the interests of the UK scaffolding industry on the group.

UEG President Martin Angele (SGUV/Switzerland) reviewed UEG activities during 2017, noting the activities of the UEG European Regulations Working Committee and the recent publication of practical guidelines for scaffolding contractors.

Herr Angele then looked forward to a full programme of activities in 2018 which would include a UEG panel discussion in June, where the focus would be on CEN TC53 and scaffolder training. He also noted that risk assessment guidelines would be developed by UEG during the year.

An application for membership from the Federation des Entreprises de Construction d’Echafaudages (FECEL/Luxembourg) was approved at the assembly, bringing the total number of national organisations represented on UEG to ten.

Additionally there are ten UEG associate members representing principal supplier organisations in Europe. Further applications for both UEG membership categories are anticipated in 2018.

Next year’s UEG General Assembly will take place on 12 October 2018 and will mark the tenth anniversary of UEG since the inaugural assembly took place in Potsdam in 2008. NASC is a founder member of UEG.

For further details see www.ueg-eu.org

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North-East Company Opens First Vietnamese Training Centre

North-East Company Opens First Vietnamese Training Centre

Leading industrial trainer, AIS Training is expanding its global reach after opening a training centre in Vietnam.

The state-of-the-art centre, which will be run in conjunction with AIS Training’s partner in the territory Black Cat Insulation Technical JSC, will offer internationally-recognised scaffolding and insulation courses.

AIS personnel carried out their own intensive seven-day audit, prior to the successful CISRS accreditation visit. The centre has now been accredited by global scaffolding body, CISRS as an official overseas scaffolder training scheme (OSTS) centre and is approved to offer a range of CISRS courses including Level 1 Scaffolder, Basic Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor training.

The new training centre will be used by Black Cat to upskill and improve the competencies of its own employees, as well as servicing the training requirements of the lucrative Indo-China oil and gas and construction markets.

Black Cat employs around 200 people in Vietnam and is well-recognised as a key supplier to the Indo-China oil and gas and industrial sectors providing and installing insulation, protective coatings and passive fire protection systems via scaffolding.

This move will strengthen the existing business relationship between AIS and Black Cat. Currently Black Cat acts as agent and distributor throughout Indo-China for AIS’s award-winning technical insulation products, which are used to protect machinery and structures from corrosion, weather, noise and temperature extremes.

Paul Attrill, Director at AIS, said: “We are delighted to establish this new state-of-the-art training centre in Vietnam and are pleased to now be part of the CISRS Overseas (OSTS) Scheme. This is a great achievement for AIS and Black Cat in raising standards.

“Current skills training in the area adheres to local standards but there is a real drive by Black Cat to bring skills and competencies in line with UK standards – which are globally acknowledged as being the highest quality available.

“Over the past twelve months AIS Training has developed its own world-class scaffolding centre in the North of England and we intend to replicate this success in Vietnam.

“Alongside our partners Black Cat, we want to establish this new facility as a training centre of excellence in the Indo-China region where people can be trained to internationally-recognised standards.”

Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said “Congratulations to AIS and Black Cat on gaining CISRS OSTS accreditation in Vietnam. They have a great facility and with the support and expertise of AIS UK Instructors I am sure they will be very successful. The introduction of CISRS OSTS is a major step forward for the scaffolding sector in this region.

To find out more please contact 0844 800 1810 or visit https://training.aisgroup.co.uk/

For further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.