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February 2, 2009

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Work at height- Collective agreement

The interim guidance, which highlights the availability and benefits of using collective protection measures, was produced by a working party convened last year by the NASC and comprising health and safety practitioners and scaffolding contractors, with input from the HSE.

Reiterating the points made in the feature ‘Net gain’ in this issue (pp45-46), the NASC emphasises that all employees using such equipment are correctly trained in its application. It adds that, despite the many positive advances made in the safety of such systems, scaffolders should still be required to wear suitable fall-arrest equipment at all times while working at height.

Said the Confederation’s health and safety committee chair, Kevin Ward: “Perhaps with new innovations and technology, the real challenge is for manufacturers of collective protection equipment to produce kit that truly satisfies the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations.”

The guidance has been distributed to all NASC members and the Major Contractors Group, and can be downloaded free from

Meanwhile, the NASC has also issued its latest yearbook, which it describes as the definitive directory of regulated scaffolding companies in the UK, and a key publication for construction and health and safety professionals. The publication also features CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) approved training centres, information on NASC members, and SAEMA (Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association) member locations. A record 23 scaffold projects are also detailed in the yearbook.

Hard copies can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected] or download a PDF from the NASC website, as above.

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