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12.11.18

Product Purchasing Guidance Notes Now Available

The NASC has published a suite of scaffolding product purchasing guidelines – simple, go-to documents for contractors to use so they can ensure the equipment they source is up to standard.

The six new product guidance (PG) documents – numbered PG1:18 to PG6:18 – cover a range of product categories; EN 39:2001 tube [4mm], EN 10219-1:2006 high tensile tube [3.2mm], BS 2482:2009 timber boards, EN74-1 couplers, aluminium beams and BS EN 12810/11 system scaffolds.

Hard copies will soon be available for purchase from the NASC online shop here. They are available for free download now via the same link.

Each PG note details purchasing best practice and outlines the standards to which customers should check that products they are sourcing are manufactured and tested to. This includes what to look for, what relevant information they should request and what a test certificate looks like.

The PG notes are intended to be used in tandem with the NASC’s Code of Practice (CoP) compliant product list, which corresponds with the six PG product categories. All products on this list have been subjected to UKAS accredited independent laboratory testing over and above the testing and third-party approval standards of the manufacturer and supplier.

The CoP compliant product list can be downloaded here.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “Currently, as matters stand, there is no authority or organisation in the UK that licences or approves scaffolding and access equipment. And although, for example, system scaffolding, couplers and scaffold tube do have their own set of BS EN standards to which they should be manufactured, there is no independent UK third party approval scheme in place to audit or verify against and check that such products are being correctly manufactured and comply with these standards.

“Clearly this is not an ideal situation in an industry that operates at height.  It is in everyone’s interests that the products we purchase and use daily fall under some form of independent external scrutiny and third-party minimum standards.

“Through the publication of the new PG notes, contractors can ensure the products they hire or buy are safe and compliant to BS EN standards. This can either by achieved by selecting equipment on the NASC’s COP compliant product list, which includes products that have successfully passed rigorous independent testing or by carrying out your own checks on products not on the list using the guidance and tips included in the PG documents.”

The NASC CoP compliant product list will be expanded as required. PST units are due to be added in January 2019. A corresponding PG note will follow shortly after.

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