By Leon MaidmentHealth and Safety Consultant

 

PASMA (Prefabricated, Access, Suppliers and Manufacturers Association) have been working closely with the HSE for over 30 years ensuring employees are competent to work at height on specialist access equipment.

PASMA have several different courses aimed at different types of equipment, there isn’t a one size fits all course.
The reason for the different courses is a mixture of the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and British/European Standards.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 Regulation 5 states; “Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in any activity, including organisation, planning and supervision, in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so or, if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person.”

To ensure you are compliant, your employees should attend the following PASMA Course dependant on the equipment they use;

To ensure you are compliant, your employees should attend the following PASMA Course dependant on the equipment they use:
Work at Height Essentials – For employees using work at height equipment.
Low-level Access – For operatives using access equipment below 2.5 Metres (Podiums, Roomates and Low Level Towers).
Towers for Users – Employees constructing 3T & AGR Towers.

A note to site managers- Always check the back of the PASMA Card to see what the operative is competent to erect and use.

 

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