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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.

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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

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

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NASC and CISRS to Exhibit at Build Show, part of UK Construction Week

NASC and CISRS to Exhibit at Build Show, part of UK Construction Week

NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at the Build Show 2017, October 10-12, at the NEC Birmingham – part of the multi-award winning UK Construction Week, which attracts 30,000 people and 650+ exhibitors under nine shows.

The Build Show (aka ‘the show for people who build’) section of the UKCW event is one of the largest and attracts thousands of construction industry professionals looking for solutions and the latest innovations. And the NASC and CISRS stand is set to be a major pull to event delegates – with a vast array of free information and industry-leading guidance on offer.

Attendees at the event will not fail to spot the NASC and CISRS stand (B638) – as a 3.0m tall independent scaffold tower is being constructed by NASC members TRAD Midlands Scaffolding Contractor, using the innovative Plettac Metrix modular scaffold system.

For each of the three days of the event, NASC and CISRS staff – as well as leading member company experts from the scaffolding and training sectors – will be on-hand to discuss the latest access and scaffolding guidance, changes to the CISRS scaffold training scheme (including the recent introduction of CPD), benefits of NASC membership and more.

The confederation will also be conducting live demonstrations of the enhanced TG20:13 eGuide Version 1.2 – released just a few weeks prior to the industry event. And staff will also be showcasing the new NASC membership audit and application process, now accredited to SSIP, as well as free to download guidance and publications, the 2017 Safety Report, latest NASC Yearbook, CISRS CAP 609 and more besides.

NASC members Turner Access Limited and Palmers Scaffolding UK Ltd will also be exhibiting on separate stands at the Build Show event, close to the NASC and CISRS stand – creating a scaffolding and access section of their own at the Build Show.

Robin James NASC Managing Director, said: “We came to the inaugural UKCW event last year, to see what it was all about and quickly realised it was going to be ‘the place to be seen’ – attracting a huge amount of traffic and extremely well run and promoted. The mix of exhibitors, expert speakers, wide range of workshops and excellent venue is an extremely attractive cocktail for those who attend – and for those wishing to promote their brands.

“We are excited to be there with an impressive stand which will be fully available to construction professionals and those with an interest in scaffolding and access. The event should help to give the NASC and CISRS the audience it deserves for its excellent work in promoting safer scaffolding.”

NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley, added: “NASC and CISRS are pleased to be working with its members at this flagship event –  reaching out to the construction and health and safety sectors. Together, we are hoping to spread the safe work at height message and promote the good work of the NASC, who set the industry standard in scaffolding, access provision and safe work at height and CISRS, setting the standard in training.”

For details on the new SSIP-accredited membership application process, copies of recently published, industry-accepted, free to download guidance (except TG20 Suite publications & Pocket Guides) and for information 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:

UKCW is free to attend, by registering here.

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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: