PAS 250 is the Publicly Available Specification sponsored by PASMA and developed in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI). It specifies minimum safety and performance criteria for low level work platforms, commonly referred to as podiums or pulpits. First published in 2012, PASMA has now submitted a business plan to BSI for it to be developed into a full British Standard.
The standard covers, amongst other things, strength and stability requirements and material specifications, together with the design requirements for the working platform, side protection, access, mobility, labels and user guides. According to PASMA, users should be aware of the risks they run by specifying non-compliant equipment.
Towers on Stairs is the latest training course from the association. It shows delegates how to build stepped towers and covers the latest legislation, regulations and guidance on towers in general, as well as focusing on the issues specific to building them on stairs. Other courses include Towers for Managers and Towers for Riggers.
Throughout 2015 the association will continue to highlight the importance of only buying or renting a tower that conforms to European standard EN 1004. PASMA’s campaign Not on your life! - warns of the dangers of using incomplete and unsafe tower scaffolds that do not comply with the standard.
PASMA says there are numerous examples of people whose falls could have been prevented by using a safe tower which is why it has published its Choosing a safe mobile tower information leaflet. www.pasma.co.uk