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Simian/NTI partnership opens a new CISRS centre in Oman

Simian/NTI partnership opens a new CISRS centre in Oman

Simian Skill International and National Training Institute (NTI) part of the Babcock International Group have joined forces in order to gain CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) accreditation for a new centre in the Sultanate of Oman.

Following a pre-accreditation visit by the CISRS Manager Dave Mosley in April, Simian/NTI took the decision to source a new location for their new CISRS OSTS practical facility, which is adjacent to another of NTI’s training establishments in the Ghala Industrial Area of Muscat.

“NTI Oman are proud to be working in association with Simian Skills and to become the first CISRS approved training centre in the capital (Muscat) which can offer scaffolding programmes that meet PDO’s revised criteria. We are committed to offering world class learning solutions to the Omani market,” said NTI Business Development Manager Mohammed Atif Uzzaman.

The training centre is fitted out to a very high specification, Simian/NTI has gone to considerable expense to provide new materials and equipment for the centre audit which took place on 9th/10th of August. Newly fitted out air-conditioned classrooms and an on-site restaurant ensure that delegates will enjoy a very comfortable training experience.

Ian Fyall Operations Director for Simian Skill echoed the sentiments of Mr Uzzaman, saying: “Simian has partnered a reputable worldwide company in NTI who are part of the Babcock Group. We look forward to working together delivering quality scaffold training in the region for years to come. The centre is in pristine condition and it shows the commitment of both companies to deliver a quality product.”

The investment in the facility has paid off as the centre has gained approval to deliver the following CISRS OSTS courses Level 1, Level 2, Basic Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor training.

The first courses will be running in a matter of days, with a waiting list for CISRS scaffolder training already building up. Initial courses will be delivered by experienced Simian Instructors Andy Sharp and Abid Gul, who will train and mentor local instructors until they are suitably qualified and experienced to deliver OSTS courses themselves.

Dave Mosley CISRS Manager said: “Congratulations to Simian/NTI. They have created an excellent facility here in Oman, they have been very keen to come on board with the CISRS OSTS scheme and already have a number of clients seeking CISRS training, we wish them every success in this venture.”

To find out more about CISRS OSTS, the new CISRS CPD courses, obtain a copy of the CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet, new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email

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NASC Meets with HSE Representatives in the South West to Discuss Scaffolding Industry Training Requirements

NASC Meets with HSE Representatives in the South West to Discuss Scaffolding Industry Training Requirements

NASC member representatives met with HSE Inspectors in Plymouth recently to discuss ways of raising awareness of scaffolding industry training requirements in the South West.

The meeting was organised by Lynn Way (Chair of NASC South West Region) further to a request from HSE, and was kindly hosted by HSE at their North Quay Plymouth offices on Thursday 3 August. A team of HSE Inspectors from the South West was in attendance, together with representatives from NASC member companies from the region, also direct representation from NASC.

The meeting commenced with an overview of the NASC and its objectives delivered by Ken Johnson (NASC Technical Advisor). This was warmly received and was followed by a presentation about the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) delivered by Neil Gray (Senior Instructor and Health & Safety Advisor, LTC Training Services, Plymouth).

Discussion topics included Scaffold Inspection, Competency, Edge Protection and Handrails. Supervision, Standardisation and Scaffold Design were also discussed, as was the nature of basic and complex scaffold structures.

CISRS scaffolder training requirements were explained, and it was noted that CPD training was now a requirement at time of card renewal. The presentation emphasised the importance of checking CISRS cards and included an overview of CISRS course content.

Those present were advised that all NASC Health & Safety and Technical guidance (with the exception of NASC pocket guides and TG20:13 publications) was now freely available for download from the NASC website.

Helena Allum (HSE Principal Inspector, Construction) commented: “It was good to hear and talk about scaffolding with people from the industry. It was a great benefit to us all and will aid us in our job”.

Lynn Way (Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd) added: “The opportunity to meet with HSE representatives from Plymouth was really useful, and we look forward to developing this dialogue further”.

Neil Gray (LTC Training Services) said: “It was a pleasure to speak about the industry card scheme CISRS to such an attentive and interested audience. We believe the exercise was productive and beneficial”.

At the conclusion of the meeting a selection of NASC guidance and CISRS literature was presented to the team of HSE Inspectors. It is hoped that the exercise will be repeated with presentations by NASC to HSE Inspectors in other regions.

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CISRS CPD: One Month On

CISRS CPD: One Month On

Following its launch on 1 July 2017, CISRS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training has got off to a flying start. With the help of four accredited training providers – LTC Training Services Ltd, National Construction College, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd – six funded courses were offered across the UK at centres located at Inchinnan (near Glasgow), Immingham, Warrington, Bircham Newton, Erith, and Plymouth.

Places were offered free of charge on a ‘first come, first served basis’ to scaffolders and advanced scaffolders who need to renew their CISRS cards before the end of this year, and around 70 operatives snapped up the places.

The courses proved to be a huge success and attracted delegates from across all sectors with those in attendance working for large companies such as Cape, Wood Group and Interserve, to those working for smaller roofing and scaffolding companies, to those who were self-employed.

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager said: “It was really positive to see such a diverse group of scaffolders attending these courses from both large and small, National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and non-NASC companies, the feedback has been excellent.”

Ady Ashton of Fred Champion Limited said: “As a scaffolder for over 30 years I would just like to say that I attended a two-day CPD course at LTC Training Services, Plymouth. My first thoughts of this course before starting was, it’s going to be boring and wasted money! How wrong was I? I found it to be very informative and well-presented, and the additional courses that came with it, more than worth its cost. So not only was I happy with it, I will be more than happy to inform colleagues that it’s not wasted time or money. Many thanks.”

CISRS cardholders are given six months’ notice prior to their cards expiring and can renew at any point within this period. The feeling amongst the providers was that the numbers of those attending CPD training in 2017 would be relatively low as many will have taken advantage of the six-month window i.e. cards expiring in December 2017 could have been renewed in June 2017 with only the CITB H,S&E test, prior to the 1 July deadline. There has been an increase in card renewals in the first half of the year but not as large as had been expected.

As with any change to a scheme requirement, it was felt that CPD may take a while to bed in, however several centres have reported a good response to its introduction and are arranging for additional courses to take place in order to meet demand.

The aim of the CPD course is to ensure that all scaffolders and advanced scaffolders are up to date with the latest legislation and industry guidance at the point of card renewal. There is a range of information which is relevant to all elements of the scaffolding sector. As with all CISRS programmes the course will be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant.

Scott To of Hewaswater Scaffolding Ltd said: “The content was very good and it covered most aspects of our business nicely. Initially I was sceptical, we had a wide range of scaffolders with a huge amount of experience on the course yet I can confidently say we all learned something.”

The CPD courses will usually cost around £250-£300, however several of the CISRS providers are currently running introductory offers and keeping prices lower than this. All companies paying CITB levy will be able to claim attendance grants of £50 per day for those completing CISRS CPD. NASC has set up a funding programme of £50K which will offer an additional £125 for member companies who support their employees and renew their cards through the CPD process.

For a full list of CISRS training providers offering CPD please visit

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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

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

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

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 or email:

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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 or email:

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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 or email:

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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.
* SG6 – Manual handling, inclusive of ropes and wheels and knots.
* 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 or email for more assistance.

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CISRS teams up with training providers to provide a series of fully funded CPD courses

CISRS teams up with training providers to provide a series of fully funded CPD courses

CISRS are very pleased to announce that with the collaboration of four of their approved training providers they are able to offer six fully funded (free) CPD courses across the UK in July and August.

The providers involved – LTC Training Services, National Construction College, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd – have agreed to run these courses at a greatly reduced price, CISRS will be picking up the cost of the training courses, the course literature and renewed CISRS cards for all delegates attending.

Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said: “All of the providers taking part have been heavily involved in the development of the CPD course through their positions on the standardisation committee. We would really like to thank them for all of their hard work and their generous offer to work with CISRS to provide these fully funded courses.”

If you include the two CPD Pilot courses which took place at NCC Midlands in February and March 2017, this project will allow for almost 100 operatives to meet the CISRS CPD requirement and be issued with their Mobile Access Towers (MATS), Scaffold Inspection and CPD endorsed cards, free of charge. Had this training been delivered commercially it would have cost in the region of £30 – £35K.

CISRS are considering working with other approved providers later in the year in order to offer additional subsidised courses, should the programme prove to be a success

The courses are open to all scaffolders or advanced scaffolders who have a card which expires in 2017.

Places will be offered on a first come first served basis and limited to 1 delegate per company in the first instance.

Those interested must contact the centres directly to secure their place and must act quickly as the first course takes place 3rd/4th July (see dates and contact details below.)

Monday 3rd/Tuesday 4th July 2017  

Simian Skill Ltd Warrington

Contact:    tel: 0345 602 2418 (option 1)   tel: 0345 602 2418 (option 2)

Monday 17th/Tuesday 18th July 2017

NCC South (Erith, Kent)

Contact: Course Bookers

tel: 0344 994 4433

Monday 24th/Tuesday 25th July 2017

Safety and Access Ltd (Catch, Immingham)

Contact: Sarah Cockell tel: 0115 979 4523

Camilla Sunderland tel: 0115 979 4523

Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

LTC Training Services Ltd (Plymouth)

Contact: Carol Holmes  tel: 01752 485 303

Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

NCC Scotland (Inchinnan)

Contact: Course Bookers

tel: 0344 994 4433

Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

NCC East (Bircham Newton)

Contact: Course Bookers

tel: 0344 994 4433

For further details on CPD or the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit or email


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NASC issues updated Health and Safety Guidance

NASC issues updated Health and Safety Guidance

The NASC has recently published the following Health & Safety guidance titles all of which have been updated to 2017. Hard copies have been issued to all NASC full contracting members, who may also download them from the NASC website free of charge.

Non-members wishing to purchase copies of these (and other) guidance titles may order them directly from the NASC website or alternatively by emailing:

SG2:17 Asbestos Licences and Ancillary Work involving the Scaffolding Contractor

This guidance has been written to reflect the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and has been produced following consultation and advice from the Asbestos Licensing Unit (ALU).

SG8:17 Reporting of Accidents Procedures and RIDDOR

This document includes simple changes in the requirements of reporting to be noted for RIDDOR needs.

SG13:17 Health Surveillance in Scaffolding

Health surveillance is the application of systematic, regular and appropriate procedures to detect early signs of work related ill health in employees who are exposed to certain health risks. An important area for consideration in managing well and leading to consideration of behavioural safety.

SG15:17 Drugs and Alcohol at Work

Substance abuse affects the functioning of both body and mind and can increase the chance of having or causing an accident. The damaging health effects of substance abuse may increase when combined with exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

SG19:17 A Guide to Formulating a Rescue Plan

The legal requirement for rescue is specified in the ‘Work at Height Regulations 2005’ and requires every employer to take account of the need for easy and timely evacuation and rescue in an emergency when selecting work equipment for use in work at height.

SG21:17 Entry into Confined Spaces

Where it is not reasonably practicable to avoid entering a confined space to undertake work, the employer or self-employed person is responsible for ensuring that a safe system of work is used. This guidance outlines the hazards associated with Confined Space Entry.

SG22:17 Induction Training

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that employers give all employees sufficient information, training & supervision as is necessary for their Health & Safety. A broad guidance designed to ensure good preparation and emphasising to employees the areas of responsibility in working safely.

SG30:17 Management of Road Haulage for the Scaffolding Contractor

This guidance note is intended to help employers, managers and supervisors reduce the risk of vehicle accidents in the workplace. It will also be useful for self-employed people, contractors, safety representatives, vehicle operators and other employees concerned with transport safety in the workplace.

SG32:17 Provision of Extended and Telescopic Transoms and Board Brackets

This guidance is a detailed review intended to provide an overview of the existing products and work methods available for providing an inside platform on scaffolding and information and instruction to ensure they are used correctly in order to prevent falls of objects and people.

SG34:17 Guidance on Protection of the Public

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.

Adrian Rooney (NASC Health and Safety Committee Chair) commented: “NASC member representatives work tirelessly to develop and refine a comprehensive range of guidance to support the members in their day to day scaffold contracting requirements. Iconic titles such as SG4 and TG20 are supplemented by a range of lesser known but no less worthy titles, all of which play an important part in raising standards across the sector.”

For details on the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15, other guidance notes and the NASC – the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – including how to become an NASC member, please visit or email: