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13 August 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

The Specialist Access Engineering & Maintenance Association (SAEMA) which focuses as a trade association on raising standards in the facade access industry, has published 'Using permanently installed suspended access equipment dealing with everything from the responsibilities of the duty holder through to safe use and statutory record keeping'.

Many modern buildings, e.g. shopping malls and office blocks, have large and inaccessible areas that require routine cleaning and maintenance. Access to these areas is increasingly provided by trolleys, platforms and gantries that are permanently installed to provide a safe and productive place of work for maintenance personnel.

The new guidance document – one of five now available on the SAEMA website www.saema.org – stipulates that all in-service activities concerning suspended access equipment should be carried out in compliance with BS 6037. According to SAEMA, failure to comply with this code of practice could render duty holders liable to prosecution.

In addition to referring the reader to the relevant standards and regulations, the document also covers the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), rigging platforms, dealing with breakdowns and malfunctions and what procedures need to be followed upon completion of the installation.

“It’s essential that these projects are carried out to the highest standards in accordance with the latest official criteria,” stated Trevor Fennell, Secretary, SAEMA. “This new document is intended to ensure that these criteria are understood and met in full so that operatives stay safe. There can be no room for complacency when they are suspended hundreds of metres above the ground.”

 

Picture: A typical, permanently installed access system

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 13 August 2015

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