Safety & Access

What is PASMA?

November 28th, 2019

Mobile towers are an everyday part of work in the construction industry. As well as helping staff gain access to otherwise unreachable locations and making work at height possible, they provide an economical and versatile working solution on a wide range of projects.

But, as with any work at height, there are a number of risks attached to work with mobile towers. Sadly, there are still far too many avoidable injuries in the construction industry, and working at height is a serial offender. Before mobile towers are implemented and used, workers need to be trained on how to use them. Design staff also need to be aware of where and when the towers can be used. Where mobile towers are absolutely necessary, they need to be used in a way that guarantees safety for everybody involved.

PASMA help with all of this. In today’s article, we’re going to take a closer look at what they stand for, and the role they play in training British workers to use mobile towers.

What Does PASMA Stand For?

PASMA are the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association. They are the organisation that “knows mobile towers, and cares about the people who use them.” In the United Kingdom, they are the authority when it comes to mobile tower access and regulations.

PASMA has the knowledge, experience, and information required to lead the industry in any work involving mobile towers. They’re entirely independent and self-financed, and they’re heavily involved in supporting the industry’s future. This covers the work spectrum all the way from mobile tower training to member and supplier involvement and care.

What Are PASMA’s Duties?

It’s important to note that PASMA are not a standalone body when it comes to Work at Height training – they’re heavily involved with other industry regulators and decision makers. Together, they design the most efficient training courses possible and support the industry in the most appropriate way.

On top of that, PASMA have a unique set of duties that they strive to excel in. These include:

  • Designing, maintaining and governing the industry standard training scheme for mobile tower work and any work related to them. This includes adhering to the competency requirements as defined by the Work at Height Regulations
  • Establishing a benchmark knowledge of mobile work and design. PASMA intends for their certificate and ID to be the standard proof of competence within the industry
  • Confirming their position as the mobile tower experts in the industry. This creates a centralised knowledge hub where workers will know where to find the information and factual data they require
  • Leading the way for future working at height and mobile tower standards. By sponsoring research and best practice investigations, PASMA are able to conduct their training in the industry with authority and implement any changes when they become necessary

What Does This Mean for Safety & Access Ltd?

At Safety & Access Ltd, we provide high-quality training courses over a range of subjects in the construction industry. Our mobile tower training courses are designed by PASMA and we work closely with their committee to ensure that we’re offering the training required to keep teams safe.

Why not take the time to browse the courses that we offer and enrol your team in a PASMA Mobile Access Towers training course? Our Safety & Access Ltd team are local to your area and flexible to the needs of your team.

We host these training courses at our PASMA training centres in North East Lincolnshire and Nottingham. Alternatively, we can visit your facility and run either of these day-courses on your premises. Get in touch with our team today if you have any further questions about what PASMA stand for, and how their training courses can help keep your team safe while working at height.