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UEG European Regulations Working Committee

UEG European Regulations Working Committee

At a meeting of the UEG European Regulations Working Committee held in Cologne on Friday 2 February consideration was given to a review of CEN TC 53 standards.

The UEG group, which effectively acts as the SBS (Small Business Standards) mirror committee, is comprised of representatives from 10 European national scaffolding organisations. The NASC/UK representative is Ken Johnson (NASC Technical Support).

The UEG group plays an increasingly important role in the discussion process which precedes formal CEN standards meetings, and ensures that the wider interests of the European scaffolding industry are properly represented at CEN meetings.

The group also gave consideration to forthcoming UEG guidance on Risk Assessment, and looked forward to the UEG Panel Discussion to be held on Wednesday 6 June, also in Cologne.

Topics for discussion in June will be CEN TC 53 and industry training. Guest speakers have been invited and the panel for the discussion on training will include David Mosley (CISRS Manager and NASC Director of Training).

The UEG Working Committee meeting was preceded by a meeting of the UEG Chair at which it was announced that Greece has formally announced its request to join UEG as a full member, bringing the number of national scaffolding organisations represented on UEG to 11.

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NASC Scaffolder CPD

NASC Scaffolder CPD

The requirement for Scaffolders and Advanced Scaffolders to complete the CISRS 2-day CPD course has been in place since 1st July 2017. In the intervening 6-month period, around 100 CPD courses have taken place across the UK. With card renewals numbers now exceeding 1000, feedback from those attending has been very positive.

The issue of who pays for CPD training has been widely discussed on social media and was recently raised with NASC via the Construction Industry Joint Council who wish to include a statement within the Working Rule Agreement (WRA) giving clarification. A statement of clarification as appropriate to the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) has recently been added to that Agreement.

Towards the end of 2017, further to consideration by NASC Council, the basic premise that employers should pay for CPD training courses was agreed by consensus. A proposed form of words was circulated to Council members in respect to this issue and the following statement has since been agreed:

‘The NASC Council has confirmed that Members will fund the CPD course fee and reasonable associated costs of attendance for scaffolders in their direct employment as at the date of CISRS Scaffolder and CISRS Advanced Scaffolder card renewal. As with other employer funded training, such funding may be linked to Training Agreements.’

Dave Mosley (CISRS Manager and NASC Director of Training) said:

”I see this as a very welcome and positive move. One of the most frequently asked questions following the introduction of CPD was the issue of who will pay for the course. It is clear with this statement that NASC members are looking to do the right thing by their directly employed labour force.”

A very similar statement has been offered by the CIJC Employers to the CIJC Trade Unions for inclusion within the Working Rule Agreement and if adopted will then apply to all scaffolding companies who operate under that WRA agreement.

Any special conditions the employer may wish to apply in relation to funding CPD can be included within a training agreement or contract of employment e.g. an employee must have completed the probationary period with the company before funding is effective, if the operative leaves within a specified period after receiving this employer funded training, the costs of the course (reducing over time) will be reclaimed by the employer etc.

NASC has set aside funds to assist members whilst supporting their employers though the CPD process (£125 per operative). For further information go to www.nasc.org.uk/information/training

Currently levy payers will be able to apply for CITB short duration training daily attendance grant, however considerable changes are to be made to the CITB grant scheme from April 2018.

Some CISRS training providers are running subsidised CPD courses at a reduced rate. Any information we receive will be circulated to the membership and the wider industry.

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Demand for CISRS OSTS continues to grow in Oman

Demand for CISRS OSTS continues to grow in Oman

CISRS is pleased to announce Safety and Access in partnership with local company Knowledge Grid have gained Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) approval for their centre based in the Rosayl region of Oman. The centre has been accredited for Level 1 and 2 Scaffolder Training, plus Basic Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor training.

The CISRS pre-accreditation audit of the facilities was undertaken by Dave Mosley from CISRS at the end of 2017 and he was impressed with the commitment that the local partner Knowledge Grid had shown in sourcing a new venue away from their main centre and transforming it from an empty warehouse style unit into a CISRS OSTS training centre. He said:

“The centre was almost ready to go with only a few minor actions required. When I visited in December, Safety and Access/Knowledge Gird have responded very swiftly to ensure that some minor actions that were outstanding have been dealt with; they have created an excellent facility. A new toilet and shower block, also a new dining area have been installed. If you see the images of what the building looked like when the training providers first acquired it compared to what it looks like now you realise the time, effort and commitment that has gone into achieving CISRS accreditation.”

There is a growing demand for recognised accredited training within the region. Rick Statham Joint Managing Director for Safety & Access commented;

“We are delighted to be able to offer training from this second facility. The existing centre has been open for almost 12 months and is proving a great success. The ability to offer training close to Muscat is key to meeting the overall demand. There has been a fantastic commitment from the Oman government to provide funding for Oman nationals to achieve recognised qualifications and the new Centre will certainly help to facilitate that.”

CISRS are currently going through the process of verifying training of individuals within Oman and the wider GCC region who had previously trained via the CITB International scheme which was withdrawn at the end of 2016. If they can confirm that certificates are genuine they will be recognised by CISRS and will allow the holder to join the CISRS scheme at a higher level rather than starting again at Level 1, avoiding repetition of similar graded courses. Those deemed eligible will begin CISRS OSTS training in the coming months at Safety and Access/STS training centre at Nizwa.