Do I have to have a PASMA certificate to use an access tower?
Posted by Chris Higgs
No, there is no requirement to have a PASMA certificate in order to use an access tower
A PASMA certificate provides a record of training. The training delivered will have covered a syllabus agreed by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ & Manufacturers’ Association. Originally intended as almost a passport scheme for the construction and maintenance sectors the training instructs users in how to build, use and disassemble towers correctly. It also covers basic inspection and a summary of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Although the PASMA course is widely available and well known in many sectors of industry, it (or any similar course) is not a legal requirement. An employer has a duty to train employees in the use of work equipment provided. Employers must ensure that employees have sufficient information, instruction and training to enable them to carry out their work safely having regard to the health, safety and welfare of those in their employment and also those not in their employment. The PASMA course alone may not be sufficient for the circumstances in which the access tower is to be used.BACK