Safety first: Staying safe when working at height
As the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, the NASC is an industry-trusted organisation, known for its production of safety and technical guidance for use by scaffolding contractors, operatives and clients. The NASC comprises more than 200 members and suppliers, all of whom are audited to ensure the highest standards are met throughout the organisation.
All members and suppliers conform to specific NASC criteria, as well as the organisation’s Code of Practice and Code of Conduct. These standards are seen as a benchmark in the industry and are recognised by construction contractors, who stipulate NASC-only companies for all their scaffolding and access solutions.
Reasons to join the NASC include: recognition; access to information; the ability to expand a contact list; the ability to increase enquiries; the ability to generate publicity; and the benefit of specialist advice.
The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) is the industry recognised scaffold training scheme. The scheme has been in existence for more than 40 years and is the preferred scaffolding qualification of the major organisations including CSCS, NASC, HSE, Build UK, Unite, UCATT and the largest scaffold system manufacturers.
There are several CISRS cards: Labourer; Trainee, Scaffolder; Advanced Scaffolder; Supervisor; Basic Scaffold Inspection; and Advanced Scaffold Inspection. All existing cardholders are required to renew their cards within two years.
There are more than 50,000 CISRS card holders in the UK, with more than 4,000 OSTS card holders overseas.
For more information, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk.
IPAF & PASMA
The International Powered Access Federation, otherwise known as IPAF is an organisation which promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment through providing technical advice and information through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards and through its safety initiatives and training programmes.
The not-for-profit organisation is owned entirely by its members; consisting of manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and users worldwide. Since being set up in 1983, IPAF has represented the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental and training companies serving as a forum for all powered access. IPAF has played a key role in promoting many of the design, safety and testing procedures which are now well established in the powered access industry.
IPAF, owned by its members, runs a scheme for members boasting several benefits. The organisation has connections with a plethora of companies working in and around the construction industry. Membership of IPAF is open to users of platforms, manufacturers, distributors, rental and training companies. Currently, the majority of members come from Europe and America; however the organisation does have members in the Middle East, Far East and the Pacific.
PASMA is the world’s leading trade association for the mobile access tower industry. Representing the interests of manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and users, it delivers and oversees the industry standard training scheme and is a major publisher of safety-related knowledge, information and guidance.
Set up in 1892, The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) is the UK’s leading roofing trade association. The NFRC represents more than 70% of the roofing industry, including seven regions, 173 supplier members and over 1,000 trade contractors.
The NFRC’s mission statement is “to promote trade members to gain more work and through this achievement to help supplier members to sell more products and collectively to achieve quality installation.”
At present, NFRC provides three different types of membership: A trade membership designed for roofing contractors; a supplier membership ideal for manufacturers, service providers and merchants; and an affiliated membership for training centres and roofing colleges.
For further information on the NFRC, or to become a member, please visit: www.nfrc.co.uk.
Stealing lead from a church roof is no longer the victimless crime traditionally portrayed. Record metal prices have resulted in regionally and nationally organised gangs methodically stripping vulnerable sites, with the lead easily distributed through the UK network of metals reclamation merchants. Increasing demand worldwide for lead acid batteries has also spawned large scale thefts by the container load to be shipped directly abroad from UK ports.
With thefts increasing, demands for the skills of the experienced lead craftsmen also increased to the extent where LCA members undertook to work to an agreed schedule of rates and an organised system approved by Ecclesiastical Insurance which meant the rapid response by a leadwork specialist when a theft occurred. It also meant an installation carried out in accordance with the UK Code of Practice (BS6915) and which was sympathetic with the demands of the original roof design.
In the hands of a skilled and experienced craftsman, lead sheet can be shaped by hand to fit the most complex and ornate details which are found on our historic properties, in order to provide comprehensive and maintenance free weather protection that (untouched) will consistently perform for more than 100 years.
For more information on the Lead Contractors Association: www.lca.gb.com.
Sage Occupational Health
Sage Occupational Health (OH) provide a comprehensive range of wellbeing, workplace health screening and health surveillance services to commercial sectors, including the construction industry. Health surveillance and statutory medicals is a large focus of the business and Sage OH provide a service that is second to none.
Services include sickness and rehabilitation management for staff returning to work after illness or injury; advice on adjusting to the workplace following successful rehabilitation; and back to work support by liaising with 3rd parties (GPs, hospital consultants, counsellors, physiotherapists) following rehabilitation.
Sage OH also conduct forklift truck and plant operator medicals; conduct safety critical medicals; undertake pre-placement screenings; and conduct health surveillance and statutory medicals for noise at work, respiratory irritants and sensitizers, skin surveillance, hand arm vibration and musculoskeletal surveillance. In addition, Sage OH conduct ergonomic and workplace health risk assessments; vision screening for computer users; and wellbeing and lifestyle medicals.
Sage OH has been in operation for 11 years and within this time the company has built up an experienced team of Occupational Health professionals, all boasting years of expertise in all aspects of OH provision, across all industry sectors. All professional staff are fully qualified & insured and the company has recently been awarded accreditation under the Constructing Better Health (CBH) scheme, ensuring a commitment to the construction industry throughout 2017.
Within the construction sector, Sage OH has worked with Costain, Walters, Flannery and Fox Bros and will soon be undertaking work with Skanska on behalf of one of Sage OH’s engineering clients. In addition, Sage OH has clients in the engineering, education, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
Sage OH Director, Angela Tomlinson, said:
“We are a small company, but we have big clients. The Sage OH team are a happy and positive team who know all of our clients very well. We are open and honest and always endeavour to provide the best service possible.”
“We provide consistency of staff and service and we know that clients really value this. We believe that our clients, no matter how big or small, have unique priorities in employee health and we always aim to understand these from the outset so that our advice and support really hits the spot.”