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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.

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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: jhollowell@simian-risk.com    tel: 0345 602 2418 (option 1)

scromwell@simian-risk.com   tel: 0345 602 2418 (option 2)


Monday 17th/Tuesday 18th July 2017

NCC South (Erith, Kent)

Contact: Course Bookers nationalconstruction.college@citb.co.uk

tel: 0344 994 4433

Monday 24th/Tuesday 25th July 2017

Safety and Access Ltd (Catch, Immingham)

Contact: Sarah Cockell SCOCKELL@safetyaccess.co.uk tel: 0115 979 4523

Camilla Sunderland CSUNDERLAND@safetyaccess.co.uk tel: 0115 979 4523


Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

LTC Training Services Ltd (Plymouth)

Contact: Carol Holmes Carole.holmes@ltctrainingservices.co.uk  tel: 01752 485 303


Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

NCC Scotland (Inchinnan)

Contact: Course Bookers nationalconstructioncollege@citb.co.uk

tel: 0344 994 4433


Monday 31st
July/Tuesday 1st August 2017

NCC East (Bircham Newton)

Contact: Course Bookers nationalconstructioncollege@citb.co.uk

tel: 0344 994 4433

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

 

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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: sales@nasc.org.uk

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 www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk

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NASC Announce Support for Members as CPD Approaches

NASC Announce Support for Members as CPD Approaches

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) are very pleased to announce that they have set aside an initial sum of £30,000 to assist the membership who will be required to meet the CISRS CPD requirement for their Scaffolders and Advanced Scaffolders from 1st July 2017.

This will enable them to make a payment of £125 to NASC member companies, who support their employees through this process and meet the costs of their CISRS CPD courses.

NASC President Alan Lilley of Commercial Scaffolding Ltd in Hull said “The Confederation fully supports the introduction of the CISRS CPD requirement prior to card renewal, we see the benefits it will bring to the scheme, the individual card holder and their employers. We do realise however, that as with all training these benefits do not come without costs. As such NASC is looking to reinvest a substantial amount of money into NASC member companies who support their employees through this process and meet the costs of the CISRS CPD training.”

The £30,000 figure will help to subsidise training costs for 240 operatives in the first instance, with a further £20,000 ringfenced for additional CPD funding (160 operatives), should this initiative prove successful.

To be eligible to access this funding the operative must hold a current valid CISRS Scaffolder or Advanced card which has been renewed via the CISRS CPD 2-day course.

NASC will provide members with a link where they will complete an online application form in order submit a claim. All applications will then be verified via the CISRS database prior to funding being released, payments will be made within 4-6 weeks for those who meet the criteria. Any individual member company will be limited to a maximum of 10 applications initially.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said “It’s great to see the level of financial support NASC is willing to make available to assist their membership a possible figure of £50,000 and I hope I can convince them to consider further funding in 2018.”

All UK Scaffolding Contractors who currently pay CITB levy will be able to apply for CITB short duration training daily attendance grant of £50 per day for employees completing CISRS CPD training. For further information visit their website http://www.citb.co.uk/grant/grants-available-201617/short-duration-grant/

CITB are currently running a funding pilot with NASC members which if successful will allow that daily attendance grant figure to be raised to £100 per day for those undertaking CPD when the new CIITB funding (2017/18) is made available towards the end of the year. Again, this will be available to all both NASC and non NASC members

CISRS with the support of National Construction College, LTC Group 87, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd intends to run a number of fully subsidised CPD courses across the UK in the coming months. These will be open to all employers on a “first come, first served” basis, initially companies will be limited to 1 candidate per company. CISRS will then look to team up with other CISRS approved Providers as the programme progresses.

Further information will be disseminated via participating Training Providers.

CPD Course dates are available for bookings at approved Providers. Go to http://cisrs.org.uk/training-providers/ for contact details.

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NASC Delivers Second TG20 Presentation To Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

NASC Delivers Second TG20 Presentation To Principal Contractor Temporary Works Consultants

On Tuesday 23 May NASC delivered the second of two complimentary TG20 presentations to temporary works consultants, managers, and engineers employed by or working for principal contractors in the UK construction industry.

The presentation took place at the Chamber of Shipping, London SE1 and was well-received by an attentive audience of 70 temporary works professionals, representing major contractors and design consultancies.

Delegates were welcomed to the presentation by Lee Rowswell (GKR Scaffolding Ltd) Chair of the NASC London & South East region.

Terry Roberts of CADS (Computer and Design Services Ltd) was again the principal speaker at the presentation and gave an engaging and informative talk about TG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding.

This included a demonstration of the TG20 eGuide software, incorporating forthcoming updates which will be made available to existing users from June 2017. Mr Roberts also discussed longer term enhancements to TG20 at time of next full review.

Possible enhancements included further updates to software, drawings and calculations, also the possibility of expanding the range of basic scaffolding structures already addressed by TG20, and incorporation of revisions to the operational guide to reflect amendments to NASC guidance since TG20 was first issued as a full suite with accompanying software in 2013.

With a several representatives from the design fraternity present it was little surprise that a number of interesting questions were raised. These included the rationale for data input checking when generating a compliance sheet, inclusion of postcode/location details on the compliance sheet, local wind issues arising from scaffold designs for high rise buildings, use of readylock transoms, and the definition of ‘high permeability’.

Mr Roberts’s talk was flanked by two shorter presentations by Rick Statham (Safety & Access Ltd). In the first of these Mr Statham discussed the benefits to principal contractors when using NASC members for scaffolding requirements. He mentioned that NASC was a growing organisation and that it had recently been agreed to develop a new membership category to meet the needs of UK design companies.

An international NASC information membership category would also be developed for principal contractors and clients arising from the successful accreditation of overseas scaffolder training centres to CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) in the Middle East, Asia and Far East.

The presentation concluded with a brief panel discussion during which Terry Roberts and Rick Statham were joined by David Mosley (NASC Director of Training and CISRS Manger). Mr Mosley outlined the background to the development of CISRS CPD training which would be formally launched to the industry from 1 July 2017.

Robin James (NASC Managing Director) thanked all those involved in the two TG20 presentations, noting that a total of 100 delegates had attended the presentations in Leeds and London in May 2017.

Unsurprisingly discussions continued over lunch long after the formal element of the presentation had been concluded.

Temporary works consultants attending the NASC TG20 presentations each received a complimentary TG20 full suite (one full suite per principal contractor or design company represented at the meeting).

For further details on the NASC, a copy of the latest NASC 2017 Safety Report, information on recently reduced prices for TG20:13 publications, to order copies of SG4:15, for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes and more, including how to join, please visit the website.

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Aecor/Safety & Access Nepal Goes From Strength to Strength

Aecor/Safety & Access Nepal Goes From Strength to Strength

The future of scaffolding training in Nepal and recognition of the skills of Nepalese scaffolders working around the Middle East is looking very bright.

Dave Mosley, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Scheme Manager recently completed the annual accreditation audit at the Aecor/Safety and Access Ltd Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in Kathmandu and was very impressed with the progress that has been made – in only 12 months.

“The practical facility here is excellent, it is a credit to Aecor/Safety and Access Ltd and is a showcase for CISRS Overseas training. The layout, materials and general housekeeping at the centre are all to the highest standards which creates a great environment for training,” he said.

Aecor/Safety and Access Nepal has capacity to run three courses concurrently with their accreditation including OSTS Scaffolder Level 1, Level 2, Basic and Advanced Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor training.

In the last 12 months, over 300 Nepalese scaffolders have been trained to CISRS Level 1 OSTS, with eight Basic Inspection Courses and also nine Scaffolding Supervisors courses having also been completed. A CISRS Supervisor course was actually being undertaken during the audit visit.

Having completed their training in Nepal, the vast majority of operatives will then ply their trade in the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) states such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait. There are currently thousands of Nepalese scaffolding operatives working in this region.

Operatives having undertaken scaffolder training which is directly linked to CISRS UK standards is a great benefit to all concerned, providing reassurance for the client and recognition of their trade skills for the scaffolders.

Sandeep Pakhrin Lama, Managing Director for Aecor said: “There has been an extremely positive response by the Nepalese scaffolder community towards the CISRS Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme which has been very encouraging for our team. The future looks very bright as more clients, especially in the GCC states, are seeking CISRS accredited scaffolders. This shows their commitment and confidence towards CISRS OSTS, which gives a fantastic opportunity for the Nepalese scaffolders to have a better standing in a very competitive market.”

Senior Instructor, Babu Ram Sharma had previously worked as scaffolder in the Middle East and has been involved with OSTS scheme since its inception in 2013 where he previously worked for Safety and Access in Dubai alongside CISRS UK approved instructors.

Rick Statham Joint Managing Director of Safety and Access said:  “We are delighted that the Kathmandu CISRS centre has proven to be very successful in its first year of operation. It is clear that many major clients, particularly in the oil and gas industries recognise the benefits of regulated and accredited training in this safety critical industry and looking ahead we can only foresee expansion in all regions.

“A big thank you must go the Nepal team particularly Sandeep Lama and with added congratulations to Babu Ram Sharma. Babu Ram has worked with us for several years beginning his training career in UAE and was given the opportunity to move back to his home in Nepal where he has taken up the position of Senior Instructor.”

The centre also has two other local instructors Ratna Basnet and Sovit Khatiwada who are currently working towards becoming fully qualified OSTS instructors. The centre is preparing to expand as demand for CISRS OSTS increases.

To find out more about the new CISRS OSTS scheme delivering UK standard training worldwide, 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 www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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New Simian Centre Accreditation and First CISRS OSTS Courses Take Place in India

New Simian Centre Accreditation and First CISRS OSTS Courses Take Place in India

Simian Skill have formed a partnership with Tough Scaff in order to open a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in Chennai, Southern India.

The Centre will offer CISRS Level 1 Scaffolder Training, Basic SITS (Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme) and Scaffolding Supervisor Training with the scope to gain accreditation for Level 2 and 3 as demand increases.

CISRS representative Trevor Donoghue who carried out the Accreditation visit, was very impressed by the set up in India, saying: “I am confident that the standard of facilities provided and commitment shown to scaffold training by Tough Scaff underpinned by their partnership with Simian Skill an established UK and International Training Provider, will prove to be a first-class enterprise. It will provide skills and employment opportunities for the local community in Chennai and the wider population in India.”

The centre hit the ground running with the first ever CISRS OSTS Level 1 scaffolder course taking place, the same week accreditation was awarded.  Seven Trainee scaffolders attended the course, five of which were employed by Cape PLC. A delegation from Cape’s operation in the Middle East were also coming to Chennai to see their employees being put through their paces, by CISRS OSTS Instructor Craig Dixon. There are a huge number of Indian nationals currently working as scaffolders in the Middle East region.

The centre provides on-site accommodation, welfare facilities and food for delegates which means they can travel from all around the region to carry out training at the centre.

Ian Fyall Simian Managing Director said: “We are very proud to have found an Indian partner with a modern training centre which has enabled us to bring the CISRS accreditation to the region. I believe our first target market will be the Oil and Gas sector plus the large Construction companies operating in the Middle East. We can train the men to an internationally recognised standard here in India thus saving time and money by eliminating the need to source training once they arrive in the region.”

To find out more about the new CISRS OSTS scheme, 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 www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC meets with Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ)

NASC meets with Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ)

NASC was pleased to host a meeting with Graham Burke CEO of Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ) at their London office on Thursday 16 May 2017.

Mr Burke was over in the UK for a family visit and took the opportunity to catch up with the NASC and discuss matters of mutual interest in the respective UK and NZ access and scaffolding industries. The NASC is held in high regard in New Zealand and Mr Burke was interested to find out what he could learn from an established trade body in the work at height sector.

With around 100 members the New Zealand trade body is already making great strides. However administration and support is limited and Mr Burke is having to wear a number of hats as he tries to grow the organisation.

Mr Burke previously ran a scaffolding business and was latterly President of SARNZ. Over the years he has made a tremendous contribution to the development of Australian/New Zealand scaffolding standards.

He has also been extremely influential on other important initiatives including the development of good practice guidelines for scaffolding in New Zealand, industry training standards and lobbying on skilled scaffolder shortages.

NASC Managing Director Robin James said: “The confederation is delighted to develop a relationship with SARNZ. We had an excellent meeting with Graham and discussed many areas of common interest and concern.

“Unsurprisingly some these are identical to those which the NASC itself faces here in the UK construction industry. We look forward to supporting the continued emergence of SARNZ and seeing the benefits of this relationship for many years to come.”

Mr Burke departed with a selection of NASC literature and guidance, including a complimentary copy of the TG20:13 full suite (Good Practice Guidance for Tube & Fitting Scaffolding).

For details on the NASC’s TG20:13, SG4:15 and the plethora of recently published, industry-accepted Technical Guidance (TG) 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

Details of Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand can be found at: www.sarnz.org.nz