When taking on any job that involves working at height, whether it is considered low or high-risk, the government’s working at height regulations must be followed. It is a necessity for any workers assembling or working on a scaffold tower to possess a valid PASMA card.
It is up to the employer (or self-contractor) to carry out a risk assessment as part of a thorough and proper planning process. On top of this, it is down to the employees to take reasonable care of themselves and those around them who might be affected by their actions, making certified training crucial.
What is PASMA Training?
PASMA training teaches users the correct and safe procedures when working on a scaffold tower. Not only must the person working on the tower be certified, so too must anyone who erects the scaffold tower.
Training consists of both written and practical segments for personnel responsible for assembling, moving, inspecting and dismantling scaffold towers. The most common course is PASMA’s Towers for Users program.
While no prior experience in working on scaffold towers is necessary, a basic understanding is recommended in order to benefit most from the course, which can accommodate a maximum of 12 people.
What Happens on a PASMA Training Program?
The session, which lasts for a minimum of six hours over one day, begins in a suitable classroom where an instructor will hand out course content, booklets and an up-to-date code of practice to each attendee. Due to the amount of literature detailing safety practices, literacy and language comprehension is vitally important in order to avoid any misunderstandings in high-risk situations.
Following the theory section of the course, practical sessions take place both in an indoor and outdoor setting, with suitable protective equipment to be worn. Practical sessions focus on inspecting components, assembling, moving and dismantling the scaffold tower, followed by a classroom summary of the course.
Assessments require a minimum score of 80% in both theory and practical to gain certification. After successfully completing the course, your photograph is taken for your PASMA card which can take up to five days to arrive.
PASMA Training Tyne and Wear
North East Access Training offer PASMA training at our Birtley facility, as well as other locations across the UK. For more information on PASMA training, or to book a place on an upcoming course, please call us on 0191 442 1989.