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PASMA launches scaffold tower safety resources

28 April 2020

Helping workers stay safe on scaffold towers is now said to be easier than ever, thanks to PASMA’s new Safety Practitioner Zone and partnerships with the Association for Project Safety, British Safety Council, IIRSM and RoSPA.

From Labour Day, 1 May 2020, members of these associations get exclusive access to a library of PASMA resources for updating their tower knowledge and sharing good practice. The library includes toolbox talks, tower reference guides, bitesize safety videos and details of upcoming changes to EN 1004, the design standard for mobile access towers.

In the lead-up to launch, PASMA is celebrating by releasing a series of Toolbox Talks on social media, freely available to anyone who wants them. These one-page documents contain the content needed to deliver a safety briefing on 5 tower-related topics, reinforcing key messages that are taught on PASMA training courses:
  • Monday: Never stand on an unprotected platform
  • Tuesday: Using scaffold towers in windy conditions
  • Wednesday: How to safely move a mobile access tower
  • Thursday: No instruction manual means no scaffold tower
  • Friday: Inspecting scaffold towers
A new Toolbox Talk will be released at 11am each day this week (commencing 27 April 2020) on PASMA’s TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn pages. However, you’ll need to be quick – each one will be available for only 24 hours!

After the time is up, the Toolbox Talks, along with lots of other material, will be available in the Safety Practitioner Zone.

Commenting on the launch of Safety Practitioner Zone, Jason Carlton, Head of Strategic Engagement at PASMA, said: “With their leading role in promoting height safety to industry and our shared motivation to keep scaffold tower users safe, safety professionals are key allies of PASMA. 

"They already ensure anyone working with towers is PASMA trained, and now, with the launch of our new Safety Practitioner Zone, they have the tools to continually reinforce the key messages themselves and remind workers to keep up the good habits they learned on their course.

"We’re delighted to have partnered with leading safety associations on this because we know their members are dedicated to promoting good practice and preventing falls from height. These new resources make this easier than ever for them to achieve.”