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If you work in the construction industry, you may have heard of PASMA regulations when it comes to working at heights. Whether you are about to start working at height or you’ve never come into direct contact with the organisation but want to know more about PASMA training, Access Towers Services have outlined all you need to know.

What is it and what does it cover?

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association, or PASMA, are an industry body who focus on the safe use of equipment when working at height. Their guidelines centre around low-level equipment such as scaffold towers, towers on stairs and towers with cantilevers. For any roles involving machines such as lifts or cherry pickers, IPAF is the body you need.

Who needs it and is it a legal requirement?

PASMA training would be useful for anyone who works at height with low-level equipment, which also includes ladders. It isn’t a legal requirement but it is important to work safely and compliantly on any task you’re undertaking, which can be assured when following PASMA regulations. The 2005 Work at Height Regulations state employers must ensure their employees receive the appropriate training and must be able to prove this when necessary. A PASMA training certificate would be a great way to demonstrate this.

How long does it take to complete and how long does it last for?

The PASMA training course can be completed in one day. We can provide the training on site or you can come to us, whichever your busy schedule allows for. The PASMA training certificate lasts for five years for each individual, after this time the training would have to be taken again to ensure new legislation and PASMA regulations are being followed.

How much does it cost?

The price depends on the type of training you’re looking for. We offer various courses to suit your needs, with our prices ranging from £120 to £150. You can take a look at all our courses and see which one is best for you.

Following PASMA Regulations with Access Towers Services

If you would like to find out more about our courses or PASMA in general, please feel free to get in touch with us, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help. You can call us on 0208 665 1181 or send an email to info@accesstowersgroup.co.uk, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered working at height?

Anything above ground level is considered Working at Height. Access Towers are a large provider of PASMA Training and sit within the top 5% in the UK, allowing us to train the full range of 1-Day PASMA Courses to suit any of your work at height Tower Training requirements.

What are the working at height regulations?

It is recommended by Health & Safety standards that those who are assembling Towers should be PASMA Trained. This will give operatives a 5-year qualification of competency for the use of mobile towers.

Do I need to have a licence/certificate to use the equipment?

Certifications will vary depending on what equipment you’re hiring. It’s always best to speak with our Hire Desk if you are unsure, where they can advise what will be best for you or in more advanced working conditions, we can install onsite.

What are the different training sessions you offer & who are they for?

Training courses are for anyone using the equipment, from commercially to domestically. These will range from PASMA Training for the use of Towers, IPAF Training for the use of MEWPS as well as various other courses such as Safety Harness Training and First Aid.

How do I know which equipment will be right for the job?

Our Hire Desk are trained across the full range of work at height stock available and will be able to advise and assist cost-free.

How quickly can you supply the tower(s)?

We aim for a next-day turnaround, this is dependent on the transport routes and how busy we are at the time. It works both ways and could be earlier than your requested date.