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On Site CPD CISRS Training Pilot Delivered

On Site CPD CISRS Training Pilot Delivered

Scaffolders working at Fawley Refinery received CPD training on site as part of a pilot CISRS scheme.

The operatives underwent the two-day training at the Hampshire oil refinery earlier this week.

The pilot scheme was organised by CISRS and run by AIS Training. It came about following a request from Altrad Cape made during an Access and Scaffolding Industry Training Organisation (ASITO) committee meeting.

With no approved training provider in the local area and high demand for the course from the hundreds of Altrad Cape and Bilfinger scaffolders working on the refinery, CISRS sought to bring the training to the site rather than require operatives to travel to different centres across the country for CPD training.

David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, said: “The logic is sound; why force large groups of operatives to travel far and wide for training when we can bring the training to them?

“We’ll now review the pilot with a view to rolling CPD training out at large projects or sites when and where similar supply and demand scenarios emerge. We’re constantly looking at improving the CISRS scheme and are happy to respond to requests from industry so long as quality and standards are maintained.”

The pilot CPD training course met CISRS guidelines relating to classroom and instructor training area criteria. The rules relating to the number of delegates and course duration were also consistent with existing CPD course frameworks.

The course was well received by the scaffolders on site.

Scaffolder Matthew Weir said: “It was a very informative course that was well delivered by the instructor. I’d recommend it to the other scaffolders on site.”

Gary Burke AIS instructor Training, added: “The course went really well and I found both the delegates and management very professional. I look forward to continuing our relationship with both the Altrad and Billfinger team at Fawley in the future and would like to thank in particular Dave Burchett and Luke Chorley from Altrad Cape and Terry Whitby from Bilfinger for their support.”

Demand for CPD courses continues to be very high and feedback form attendees is very positive, CISRS are currently considering ways to make more courses available.

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Qatari Public Health Authority Makes CISRS OSTS Procurement Pledge

Public Works Authority Makes CISRS OSTS Procurement Pledge

The Qatari government has placed an insistence for CISRS-trained operatives in all its major construction project scaffolding tenders.

The procurement announcement was made by representatives from Ashghal, the department responsible for overseeing large-scale infrastructure, buildings and public utilities developments across the country, during a visit to London.

Ashghal’ s representatives Eng. Khalid Al-Emadi, Manager of Quality and Safety Department, and Mr Hamad Al-Hajri, Head of Occupational Health and Safety Section, met with officials from CISRS and Simian Risk at the training provider’s scaffolding training centre in Waltham Forest, formerly operated by NCC.

Following a tour of the facility, CISRS Scheme Manager David Mosley gave a short presentation into the history of CISRS in the UK and the creation and ongoing expansion of the Overseas Scaffolders Training Scheme (OSTS).

The benefits of OSTS training – with increased labour skills leading to increases in safety standards and productivity – and the recent establishment of two CISRS OSTS centres in Qatar were then discussed.

Khalid Al-Emadi, Manager of Quality and Safety Department, said: “I would like to thank Simian Risk and CISRS for inviting us to meet with them at the Waltham Forest training centre. It was great to hear about how the internationally-renowned training provided to scaffolders in the UK is being rolled out across the globe via the CISRS OSTS scheme.

“We’re keen to ensure the highest safety standards and working practices are in place on all major projects overseen by Ashghal, which currently includes the delivery of more than £20 billion of construction in the next five to seven years. CISRS OSTS is central to this goal and we are delighted to add a requirement for CISRS OSTS training in our tender process for all scaffolding works.”

David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, said: “I welcome Ashghal’s announcement, which will encourage more scaffolders to undergo certified OSTS scaffolding training and lead to greater safety standards, improved knowledge and skill levels on sites throughout Qatar.

“It was great to hear that safety is such a key driver for Ashghal, as evidenced in their achievement of passing 100 million hours without Lost Time Injury for infrastructure (roads/drainage) projects. We were pleased to present them with a trophy and certificate in recognition of this milestone and listen to their plans to implement new policies and forge new partnerships to build on this.

“We are delighted that more and more overseas organisations are recognising the value of CISRS OSTS, which is now provided at 15 centres worldwide including facilities in Nepal, China, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.”

Ian Fyall, Partner at Simian Risk, said: “We were delighted to welcome Ashghal to our new training centre and explain how we’re delivering a variety of CISRS scaffolding courses at various locations in the UK as well as CISRS OSTS courses with local partners in Africa, India, China and the Middle East.”

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NASC Members Qualify for PQQ Service Discount

NASC Members Qualify for PQQ Service Discount

The NASC has gained a PQQ-service discount for its members after becoming a Builder’s Profile Supporting Trade Association.

Through this connection NASC members are able to secure Builder’s Profile premium membership at a reduced price of £250 + VAT for a 12-month subscription – down 15 per cent from £295.

Builder’s Profile provides compliance and PQQ information to the construction industry, enabling subcontractors and suppliers to easily maintain and share information.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to provide our members with discounted Builder’s Profile membership, something we believe will save them a great deal of time and effort when bidding for new projects.”

For more information visit the Builder’s Profile website here.

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NASC Launches New Scaffolding Magazine

NASC Launches New Scaffolding Magazine

We are delighted to announce that the NASC will publish a new magazine dedicated to Scaffolding.

This publication will be created in conjunction with our long-standing media partner, Construction Manager (CM) magazine, and feature NASC member projects, NASC 2018 Award winners, a guide to scaffolding specification and a range of additional high-quality scaffolding-related content delivered by CM’s editorial team.

The magazine – to be called ‘Scaffolding: A Construction Manager Professional Guide’ – will be launched with the April issue of Construction Manager. It is intended to complement the NASC Yearbook, published in November each year.

Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, said: “We believe CM readers will welcome a professional guide focusing on the potential use of NASC members’ products and services in all aspects of the construction process as no other publication currently reaches this wide an audience and focuses this clearly on our market.

“It should prove to be a very effective marketing tool for NASC members.”

A number of advertising spaces are available to NASC members. For more information and rates, please contact Howard Smith at Atom publishing via email or by calling 07775 670117.

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Stay Safe at Height With Scaffolding Awareness Training

Stay Safe at Height With Scaffolding Awareness Training

Tradesmen and other construction workers will soon be able to undertake a one-day scaffolding awareness course at a range of training centres across the country.

The course is open to any workers who have cause to work on scaffolding – such as painters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers – and those wanting a better understanding of scaffolding operations and has been created by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS).

It will provide attendees with a greater understanding and appreciation of the potential dangers of working at height on scaffolds and enable them to identify the core components of a safe scaffold.

Delegates will be issued with a CISRS Scaffolding Awareness certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Laura Weekes, CISRS Administrator, said: “This classroom-based course will give tradesmen a basic understanding of what compliant scaffolding looks like and guidance on how they can work at height safely.

“We’re looking to offer this course at training centres nationwide from this summer onwards.”

The introduction of the course has been welcomed by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation.

Stephen Allen-Tidy, NASC Health and Safety Advisor, said: “The NASC is committed to promoting the highest standards of safety within the industry. Through the publication and dissemination of a wide range of industry-recognised safety and technical guidance – including SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations – we continue to drive safety standards upwards.

“This is clearly evidenced in our annual NASC Safety Reports. The 2018 edition saw accidents and injuries recorded by NASC members, collectively employing more than 16,000 scaffolding operatives, fall to an all-time low – with just 89 incidences occurring on-site throughout 2017.

“Through the introduction of the scaffolding awareness training course the scope of safety training efforts is being extended beyond scaffolding operatives, helping to ensure that all workers who set foot on a scaffold can carry out the tasks they require safely.”

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NASC Expands Scope of Code of Practice Compliant Product List

NASC Expands Scope of Code of Practice Compliant Product List

The NASC has added a seventh category to its Code of Practice (CoP) compliant product list – pre-fabricated structural transom units.

Member scaffolding product suppliers and manufacturers are required to comply with the requirements of the associated product audit form – available here.

Samples are then subjected to UKAS accredited independent laboratory testing, with those deemed as meeting the necessary British and European standards listed in the CoP compliant product list.

The other products included on the list are; 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.

The NASC published a suite of scaffolding product purchasing guidelines for these products in November 2018.

These six product guidance (PG) documents – numbered PG1:18 to PG6:18 – provide contractors with a simple, go-to resource to use so they can ensure the equipment they source is up to standard.

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.

Hard copies can be purchased via the NASC online shop here. They can also be downloaded for free via the same link.

A PG note relating to pre-fabricated structural transom units will be published this year. The NASC CoP compliant product list will be further expanded as required.

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NASC’S Charitable Donations Boosted by Member Generosity

NASC’S Charitable Donations Boosted by Member Generosity

Donations made by the NASC to two deserving charities at its 2018 Ball & Awards evening have been tripled – thanks largely to the generosity of members.

NASC President and TRAD Group CEO Des Moore presented the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Demelza Hospice Care for Children with cheques for £10,000 each as part of the black tie event held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, last month.

He then urged members to help raise a further £5,000 for each charity through a five-lot charity auction.

This fundraising goal was surpassed several times over during the course of dinner, with guests digging deep with their bids, helping to push the total raised well past each lot’s reserve prices. These efforts were supported by a number of members’ substantial standalone donations, who approached either Des Moore or the Ball toastmaster to submit financial pledges.

Combined with the original £10,000 sum – and boosted by a £2,300 donation by CISRS – the NASC was delighted to reach a total fundraising figure of £60,000, which was split equally between each charity.

The NASC presented each charity with their cheques earlier this month.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this huge donation from the NASC members. We urgently need funding to sustain our helpline services and develop our Building Mental Health programme and this money will go a long way towards making a difference to our construction families in crisis.

“Thank you again to all the NASC members who were so very generous.”

Ryan Campbell, CEO of Demelza Children’s Hospice Care for Children, added: “This donation and the overwhelming support we have received from the NASC and the scaffolding community is so much appreciated.  This is a great boost to the care we are able to offer children with terminal conditions and their families.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “The money raised for these charities, predominantly from NASC members, will be one of the enduring memories of the 2018 Ball & Awards. The way members embraced the opportunity to support these two deserving charities both at the event and in the following days was great to see.

“I’d like to thank each and every member that helped boost the total donated for their efforts. I’d also like to thank all of the Ball & Awards sponsors for their association with the event. Without their backing we would not have been able to stage such a prestigious evening in the first place.”

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CISRS OSTS Continues to Thrive in Oman

CISRS OSTS Continues to Thrive in Oman

A training facility run in partnership by Safety and Access and Knowledge Gird in Oman has passed its first CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) annual audit.

A steady stream of Scaffolders, Inspectors and Supervisors have successfully completed OSTS programmes at the purpose-built centre since it opened in January this year.

Courses have taken place every month this year – undertaken by close to 200 operatives in total – and a number of courses set for 2019 are already fully booked.

The bulk of the training delivered to date has been Level 1 Scaffolder plus Basic Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisors courses, however the centre in now running Level 2 Scaffolder courses and is hoping to increase its CISRS OSTS delivery to include Level 3, CPD and Systems training in Cuplok.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley, who carried out the audit, said: “Safety and Access and Knowledge Grid have done a great job with the facility here as only 18 months ago this building was an empty shell. The newly refurbished practical area, classrooms, canteen and welfare facilities provide an excellent environment for training.

“Oman has really embraced the CISRS Overseas Scaffolders Training Scheme with three centres now operating within the region, all of which are proving very successful.”

Rick Statham, Joint Managing Director of Safety and Access, said: “We are really pleased with the skills centre set up, the way that Knowledge Grid has developed their training delivery and expanded their client base. We look forward to supporting all of our partners further to promote the CISRS OSTS scheme within Oman and throughout the region.”

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NASC’s Nominated Charities Big Winners at 2018 Awards & Ball

NASC’s Nominated Charities Big Winners at 2018 Awards & Ball

NASC members converged on Edinburgh on Friday evening for the 2018 Awards & Ball.

The sell-out black tie event, held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, saw the 400+ guests treated to champagne and canapés upon arrival, followed by a fine-dining three-course meal and a wealth of top-class after-dinner entertainers.

The newly-expanded NASC Awards ceremony – hosted by acclaimed TV presenter and former international gymnast Gabby Logan – formed the centrepiece of the evening, with winners of seven categories revealed.

GKR Scaffolding Ltd emerged as the night’s big winners, taking home both the Innovation and Health & Safety (67+ Employees) awards as well a runner-up in the Project of the Year (£5 million + turnover) category, which was won by PHD Modular Access.

For a full list of award winners click here.


The tone was set for the evening by electronic string quartet Escala, with the Britain’s Got Talent finalists opening and closing the awards ceremony.

Actress, comedian, impressionist and singer Debra Stephenson served as the evening’s headline act, delivering a set filled with her impersonations of celebrities such as Davina McCall, Theresa May, Jo Brand and even Donald Trump.

Despite the impressive line-up and prestigious awards ceremony, the highlight of the night was inarguably the generous attendees, who helped raise more than £50,000 for charity, which will be split between the Lighthouse Club and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “It was a fantastic evening. The planned elements of the evening were incredibly well-received, from the keenly contested awards to the night’s entertainment.

“What was more pleasing for me was the element outside of our control; the charity auction. The five lots drew bids far exceeding their reserve prices, and this total was boosted further by a number of members who donated significant sums of money on the night.

“We could not possibly have expected to raise such a large amount for the two nominated charities and would like to thank the members for their generosity.”

Light up Your Night

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club, said: “It was a magnificent event and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I cannot believe how generous the membership and their guests were in raising such an incredible amount on the evening.

“100% of this donation will go towards supporting our Construction Industry Helpline and supporting our construction workforce and their families in crisis.”

Ryan Campbell, CEO of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, added: “We were overwhelmed by the kindness of NASC members. To receive a donation of more than £25,000 was completely unexpected.

“It is only through donations such as this that we are able us to continue to provide vital services and support to life-limited children and their families.”

The 2019 Awards & Ball will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. Further details will be announced in due course.

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NASC 2018 Ball & Awards – Charitable Donations

NASC 2018 Ball & Awards – Charitable Donations 

By Robin James, NASC Managing Director

I am delighted to inform you of charitable donations made by the NASC and its members at the NASC Ball & Awards in Edinburgh on Friday evening.

NASC President and TRAD Group CEO Des Moore presented cheques of £10,000 to both the Lighthouse Club and Demelza Hospice Care for Children before the awards ceremony began.

A further £19,155 was raised through a charity auction, with the winning bids submitted by generous members far exceeding the reserve figures set for the five lots.

Seven substantial standalone donations from member companies on the night added a further £13,722 to the amount raised for these two deserving charities – bringing the total cash raised to £52,877.

This means that both charities currently stand to receive £26,438.50 to help them continue the vital work they undertake; the Lighthouse Club in providing financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families, and Demelza in the broad range of support they give to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Over the course of the weekend, several members have contacted us to ask if they can make additional donations to these charities through the NASC. We are more than happy to facilitate this and would be thrilled if we can take the amount raised for each charity past the £30,000 figure.

To help us do so, anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to email Sarah Phillips, NASC Finance Manager & Company Secretary, with their name, contact details and sum to donate.