If you use, supply, manufacture or work in the vicinity of any type of mobile access tower, or if you work at height at all, then you will likely of heard of PASMA. However, if you are wondering "what is PASMA?" and you work with mobile access towers then here is the vital information you need to know.
PASMA stands for Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association and they represent the interests of those who make, use and supply all types of mobile access towers. PASMA training and the resulting PASMA certificate are essential for the health and safety of anyone working on or around towers. If you have neither the training nor a PASMA card, then it should be on your immediate to do list to ensure your own safety.
Working at height carries many obvious health and safety risks and so it is vital that anyone who works at heights, supervises or employs those who work at heights and people who supply the equipment for working at height, are all properly trained in all aspects of health and safety. Not being properly trained and qualified can risk the health and safety of yourself and those around you, as well as open yourself up to the risk of expensive lawsuits should something go wrong.
PASMA courses are available up and down the country and PASMA themselves provide and oversea the industry standard training scheme which is required by many employers before you can begin any type of work on mobile access towers. PASMA also publishes their own material and safety-related knowledge, guidance and information and are one of the major sources of such information.
Who Needs To Be Aware of PASMA Regulations?
Anyone who works at height, or manufactures equipment to work at height, should adhere to PASMA regulations at all times. You should be well versed in these regulations once you receive your PASMA ticket but there are refresher courses available to ensure that you are kept up-to-date with the latest changes and advancements in the technology and health and safety best practices PASMA deem necessary.
It is the aim of PASMA to ensure the health and safety of anyone who works at heights and so by attending a PASMA training course, you can help them to achieve that aim and earn your PASMA card, allowing you to work with mobile access towers on any site you need to.