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National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC)

National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) Contact Details

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About National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC)

The NASC is the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, established in 1945 with the aim of promoting high standards of safety within the industry.

Nearly 80 years later, raising and maintaining safety standards remains at the heart of the NASC’s objectives – driving every activity it undertakes.

This includes the production of a wide range of industry-recognised safety and technical guidance, created to support the needs of scaffolding contractors, their operatives and clients, and accepted as the industry standard by HSE, Build UK, CITB and principal contractors alike.

The same approach is extended to new membership applications, with a stringent set of criteria in place to ensure that the highest working practices are maintained.

We currently have 240+ members, consisting of companies of all sizes, ranging from small contractors with under 10 operatives to firms operating nationwide with thousands of employees on the books.

Cumulatively, our members account for the vast majority of the UK’s scaffolding spend – with a total annual turnover in excess of £2 billion.

NASC members are strictly audited every year to ensure compliance with NASC Criteria, Code of Conduct and the Code of Practice for scaffolding products.

These high standards are recognised and valued by construction industry leaders, who continue to stipulate ‘NASC only’ companies for access and scaffolding.



Stay Safe at Height With Scaffolding Awareness Training

Tradesmen and other construction workers will soon be able to undertake a one-day scaffolding awareness course at a range of training centres across the country.

The course is open to any workers who have cause to work on scaffolding – such as painters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers – and those wanting a better understanding of scaffolding operations and has been created by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS).

It will provide attendees with a greater understanding and appreciation of the potential dangers of working at height on scaffolds and enable them to identify the core components of a safe scaffold.

Delegates will be issued with a CISRS Scaffolding Awareness certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Laura Weekes, CISRS Administrator, said: “This classroom-based course will give tradesmen a basic understanding of what compliant scaffolding looks like and guidance on how they can work at height safely.

“We’re looking to offer this course at training centres nationwide from this summer onwards.”

The introduction of the course has been welcomed by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation.

Stephen Allen-Tidy, NASC Health and Safety Advisor, said: “The NASC is committed to promoting the highest standards of safety within the industry. Through the publication and dissemination of a wide range of industry-recognised safety and technical guidance – including SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations – we continue to drive safety standards upwards.

“This is clearly evidenced in our annual NASC Safety Reports. The 2018 edition saw accidents and injuries recorded by NASC members, collectively employing more than 16,000 scaffolding operatives, fall to an all-time low – with just 89 incidences occurring on-site throughout 2017.

“Through the introduction of the scaffolding awareness training course the scope of safety training efforts is being extended beyond scaffolding operatives, helping to ensure that all workers who set foot on a scaffold can carry out the tasks they require safely.”
‘Step Change’ for NASC in 2018

The NASC has taken a step change in terms of outputs and activities undertaken in 2018, according to Robin James, Managing Director.

Speaking at the NASC’s AGM in Edinburgh on Friday 23 November, Mr James said the confederation has raised the bar in a number of areas and paid tribute to the hard work of NASC members, its Committees, Officers & Directors and President for playing their part in driving the standards synonymous with the NASC even higher.

“Since the last NASC AGM in London, in November 2017, we’ve come a long way,” he said. “Under the Presidency of Des Moore, TRAD Group CEO, there has been a ‘step change’ in the organisation.

“At the NASC AGM twelve months ago Des set out his presidential objectives. Great strides have already been made. This includes greater numbers of NASC presentations and events, greater emphasis on promoting mentoring, diversity and wellbeing with the membership and greater involvement of women on NASC committees and working groups.

“Speaking of which, the NASC standing committees continue to progress significant bodies of work, and I’d like to thank them for their efforts.

“2018 has been a great year for the NASC. We believe we have plans in place to ensure 2019 is even better and would urge greater involvement and engagement by members at NASC regional meetings and beyond.”

Other speakers at the NASC AGM, held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, included Des Moore, NASC President and TRAD Group CEO and Gerry Cooper, NASC President 2010-2011, who gave an overview of entries shortlisted for the NASC 2018 Awards, which were due to be held at the same venue later that night.

TV presenter and former international gymnast Gabby Logan gave the keynote speech.

Des Moore said: “The AGM was incredibly well attended by our members, which demonstrates how much they value membership.

“It was a great opportunity to take stock of what the NASC has achieved in the past year and from a personal point of view, how much progress we have made against the four objectives I announced at the beginning of my tenure as President.

“I am immensely proud of our successes in 2018 and believe we’re on the right track to delivering even greater results in the year ahead.”
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