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    NEW GUIDANCE ON TEMPORARY SUSPENDED ACCESS

    SAEMA issues free guide on equipment management and safe use

    The Specialist Access Engineering & Maintenance Association (SAEMA) has announced (14 March) the publication of a new guidance document covering the management, control and safe use of temporary suspended access equipment (TSAE).

    These platforms are used extensively to provide a practical, effective and safe means of access for the cleaning and maintenance of buildings and other structures.

    The new guidance is available as a free download on the SAEMA website and covers everything from rigging platforms and pre-use checks, to the responsibilities of the user appointed person (UAP) and how to manage breakdowns and emergencies.

    The guide also signposts and explains the relevant regulations and standards appertaining to the use of façade access systems.

    New guide supplements existing suite of publications

    Other guidance documents available from the website address the issues of lone working, the use of existing building maintenance units as anchorage points for rope access, emergency cradle rescue planning and system loadings.

    There is also guidance on the safe use of permanent façade access equipment and systems.

    Comments the Association’s secretary, Trevor Fennell:

    “It’s essential that these projects are carried out correctly in accordance with all the latest directives and safety criteria.

    To keep operatives safe, this publication – and others available from SAEMA – seeks to ensure that these are fully understood and complied with.”

    SAEMA are exhibiting at Safety & Health Expo, 21-23 June 2016, and will be a major contributor to the Access Industry Forum’s first national conference on work at height Implementing change and innovation at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, on 13 October 2016.

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