Certification and accreditation: with Pop Up access products you can rest assured that you are getting a top quality product designed for safe access conforming to the latest safety and access standards and regulations.
User guides: Pop Up products must be used safely so please make sure you’re familiar with our guides. They’re designed to be as clear and simple as possible to help ensure your safety at height.
Training: When used appropriately, we believe a ladder, podium step, scaffold tower and scissor lift are as safe as one another. The importance of training for Pop Up's products cannot be overstated and the organisations that provide advice on Pop Up training are readily recognised: IPAF for our push around and drive around access platforms and PASMA for our aluminium access range.
Regulation: Working at Height and falls from height are regulated by the Health & Safety Executive who work to help reduce and eradicate the number of accidents and injuries occurring whilst working at height. The Access Industry Forum is the industry’s voice and works closely with the HSE regarding working from height.
Finally: In our experience at the sharp end (our old company NSG employed 500 scaffolders) we learned that safety at height was just as much about behaviour as safe products.
“The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) welcomes and supports the work of the access industry in encouraging the safe and proper use of work at height equipment. Safety when working at height is essential and making sure that people use the correct access equipment properly is a key part of this.“ Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive of HSE
The HSE website www.hse.gov.uk provides all the information you need to understand the legislation and guidance. If this is an area of legislation that you’re unfamiliar with then please have a look at the following for starters HSE the basics and HSE assessing work at height. The access industry works closely with the HSE on a number of working at height initiatives. Some recent examples of this include:
Work at Height Solutions: The database is a short cut guidance tool that complements the HSE’s wide range of existing guidance on work at height. Please click here to visit the site.
Shattered Lives: The access industry actively supports the HSE’s Shattered Lives campaign and individual members are signatories to the HSE’s ‘Pledge’ initiative.
WAIT: The HSE has developed WAIT (HSE's Work at height Access equipment Information Toolkit) to improve understanding of the key issues when working at height. Please click here to visit the site.
‘Work safely and competently at height using appropriate equipment with personnel professionally trained to industry-recognised standards’. AIF’s principle message
Established in 2004, the AIF liaised closely with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) during the development of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and more recently the Work at Height Solutions Database.
As well as close liaison with the HSE, the AIF work closely with key industry organisations including: Chartered Institute of Building, Institute of Safety and Health, UK Contractors Group and Crossrail.
It now provides a forum for all the principal trade associations and federations involved in work at height. Its member organisations each represent a different sector of the access industry and are recognised leaders and authorities in their respective fields.
All nine members of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) are ‘standards’ driven organisations committed to advancing safety, best practice and competency when working at height, irrespective of any particular piece of access equipment or safe access solution.
Please visit their website at www.accessindustryforum.org.uk where the latest news, events, advice, debates and video can be accessed.
“The association is committed to delivering world-class support to all corners of the industry; providing practical skills and knowledge are central to meeting this objective.” Peter Bennett, Managing Director
Pop Up are members of PASMA. Paul Gallacher, our Sales Director is a council member having held office as Chair and Paul Rogers, Pop Up’s Product Manager, plays an important part on the Technical Committee. PASMA is recognised and respected as the ultimate authority on mobile access towers across a whole spectrum of industries. These range from construction to facilities management and maintenance.
Its aluminium tower training courses are widely acknowledged as the industry standard and almost every workplace now insists on the PASMA ID card as the only proof of competence when it comes to erecting, inspecting, moving and dismantling aluminium scaffold towers.
PASMA liaises closely with all the key players in the work at height sector and as such is the voice of the tower access industry.
Visit PASMA website for access to a complete range of best practice guides and videos on mobile towers and working platforms www.pasma.co.uk. Please also take a look at Fall Protection Review and the low level access toolbox talk.
“The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information, through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards, through its safety initiatives and training programmes” IPAF
IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that represents the interests of the powered access industry and influence the legislation and regulations that govern access platform standards throughout the world. Pop Up are members of IPAF and we are committed to the promotion of safety at height and the effective use of Pop Up push around and MEWPS.
The IPAF training programme for platform operators is certified by TUV as conforming to ISO 18878. More than 80,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 330 IPAF-approved training centres.
Successful trainees get a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) being the most widely held and recognised proof of training for platform operators or the PAV Card (Push Around Vertical) awarded for essentially small, simple vertical machines such as the Pop Up machines that don’t have a drive function and are pushed around.