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NASC issues updated guidance notes

20 November 2015

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has released a raft of seven revised and updated Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes.

According to the NASC, these revisions have come as part of the its ongoing commitment to refresh published technical and safety guidance on a five year cycle.

NASC members have received copies of seven guidance notes in the post during November 2015 (marked for the attention of the Managing Director) and these will also be available to full members via download, free of charge, from the members area of the NASC website.

The full list of updated guidance and what’s included is as follows:

  • SG6:15 – Manual Handling in the Scaffolding Industry: A well-established document that remains robust and valid (date changes only)
  • SG9:15 – Use, Inspection & Maintenance of Lifting Equipment and Accessories for Lifting in Scaffolding: A complete review with new visuals
  • SG31:15 – Management of Slips and Trips: Significant changes including added images
  • TG7:15 – Scaffold Board Nailplates: Date changes only
  • TG8:15 – Fire Damage: Cost of fire damage evaluation does not warrant recovery of metal components
  • TG11:15 – Stress Corrosion Cracking in High Tensile and Alloy Steels: Minor amendments only including change of date
  • TG17:15 – Identification of EN74-1 Couplers: Date changes only.

The technical guidance notes are comprised of short 1-2 page update sheets, whilst the safety guidance notes are longer, made up of six to 48-page documents respectively.

NASC MD, Robin James said: "With a wide range – from a short TG8 update on fire damage, to a much larger SG6 revision on manual handling in the scaffolding industry – these seven revised technical and safety guidance notes will be useful updates for the NASC membership and wider industry.

"The revisions also go to show the lengths that the NASC’s hard working committees go to in keeping guidance up to date with the latest health and safety and technical trends. Publishing these documents is at the heart of what the confederation does – making sure our membership continues to set the industry standard in scaffolding.”

To obtain hard copies of the seven new TG and SG notes, or for details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 document, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – visit www.nasc.org.uk.