Work at height: Trade body SAEMA publishes new guidance

THE SPECIALIST Access Engineering & Maintenance Association, SAEMA, has published 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.

Available as a free download on the SAEMA website, the new guidance 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.

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

Comments the Association’s secretary, Tony Seddon: 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.”

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.

SAEMA will be exhibiting at this year’s Safety & Health Expo, 21-23 June, 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.

More information:
From Tony Seddon on 07854 226251 or