PASMA Training Courses
Courtley Health and Safety offer PASMA courses at their Liverpool training centre based in the North West of the UK. Or at your place of work if suitable. If you would like to arrange training please contact us or book directly from our training calendar? A list of the available courses can be found below.
What is PASMA Training?
PASMA training is the basis by which workers can gain the necessary accreditation enabling them to erect, alter, move, and dismantle mobile towers safely. The courses are aimed at anyone who is responsible for using or inspecting towers in the workplace.
What does PASMA Cover?
PASMA training covers the importance of following correct health & safety protocols. How to erect and handle towers and their component parts safely. How to spot problems with the equipment, and the best ways to perform fault checking and diagnostic checks.
The towers on stairs course covers how to build stepped towers safely. The general regulations and guidance for towers. And hazards relating to specifically using a tower on stairs.
How Much is a PASMA Course?
The prices for our 3 training courses range from £150 plus VAT to £200 plus VAT. Price information about specific courses can be found on the individual course pages. These can be accessed from the links below.
How Long is a PASMA Course?
All of our current PASMA courses last for one day.
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What Does PASMA Stand For?
PASMA stands for Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association. It was formed in 1974 consisting of the major manufacturers of alloy access towers in the UK. The original objective was to encourage the safe use of alloy access towers and to promote its members concerns to the regulatory and standards authorities.
By the early 1980s PASMA had devised its Training Course for users of alloy towers. The training course is now unanimously recognised as the industry standard and has now produced thousands or competent safe users of mobile access towers.
PASMA is commonly associated with construction and related trades however applications for Mobile Access Towers span many industries including aerospace, food and pharmaceuticals.
PASMA are committed to the highest standards of practice across the industry. So you can be assured that any training which takes place at one of their approved training centres meets the industry standards.
What is a PASMA Card?
The PASMA card is a photo identification card which will be posted to applicants who successfully complete an accredited course. This card demonstrates to employers that you are competent in performing tasks in relation to towers. Many employers will not allow you to interact with a mobile tower unless they have seen your card as proof of your competency. The card is also often referred to as a PASMA ticket.
How Long does a PASMA Card Last?
The cards and certifications last for 5 years. After the 5 years you will be required to retake the training so your qualification can be reissued. If you lose your card before the 5 years has expired you can fill out a lost card form here. Following this you will be issued with a replacement.
Is PASMA a Legal Requirement?
There is no legal requirement to obtain a qualification. But you are required to be competent. You must have the required skills and knowledge to perform your tasks. Completion of an accredited course is one of the main ways to judge whether you are competent or not. And there are a number of health and safety regulations which cover competency. Including:
The Work at Height Regulations – Regulation 5 Competence – “Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in activity in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so”.
Regulation 12 Inspection of Work Equipment – “Every employer shall ensure that, where the safety of work equipment depends on how it is installed or assembled, it is not used after installation or assembly in any position unless it has been inspected in that position”.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations etc. Regulation 5 Maintenance – “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair”.