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ABTT Safe Working in Ceiling Voids Training

Safe Working in Ceiling Voids Training 

Example of  failed hessian wadding.

Example of failed hessian wadding.(Not located in the Kings Theatre, Southsea)

The Kings Theatre Southsea

Albert Rd, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ


Friday 21st April 2017

Tutor: John Young Tech IOSH AIFSM

This course is suitable for venue operators, technicians and maintenance staff with responsibilities involving working in and caring for Ceiling Voids in older buildings (1865-1930). Constituents of venue ceilings may range from fibrous plaster with wadding ties to expanded metal lath plaster.

Certificate of attendance

The Course content will include:

1)       Overview of ceiling construction

2)       Primary Structure elements

3)       Secondary structure elements

4)       Plasterwork elements

5)       Behaviour in ceiling voids.

6)       Where to and where not to tread

7)       What can bear weight

8)       What cannot bear weight

9)       What to do with coiled up cables/wire ropes etc

10)    Fragile areas

11)    Permit to Work areas

12)    Work at Height

13)    Work in confined spaces

14)    Lighting

15)    PPE

16)    Be observant. Look for and report any damage or irregularities

17)    Roles of plaster experts and structural engineers

Time: 3.5 hours with a trip to a ceiling void (Kings Theatre, Southsea)

Please wear appropriate work wear e.g. jeans, sweatshirt and stout shoes.

Should you wish to  enquire about the course or book a place please contact the office or Tel: 020 7242 9200

 Kings Theatres, Southsea


Kings Theatre, Albert Rd, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ