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NASC Issues Technical Update Regarding Scaffold Baseplates

22nd March 2024

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has unveiled a significant technical update to its guidance document TG20:21, aimed at ensuring scaffold baseplate practices across the UK align seamlessly with the latest industry benchmarks. This new guidance underscores the indispensable role of baseplate thickness in maintaining the integrity and reliability of scaffolding and access systems nationwide.

Exclusive to NASC members, this latest technical revision will soon be accessible through the trade body’s ePortal platform, following a rigorous testing phase conducted by an accredited facility to guarantee adherence to professional standards.

A central aspect of this update involves providing clear guidance on the proper use of baseplates with different thickness measurements, including the 2mm, 3mm, and 5mm variants, across an array of scenarios. This revision aims to strengthen safety procedures and streamline operations for scaffolding companies, enabling professionals to make well-informed choices and reduce potential hazards.

This update by NASC highlights its commitment to promoting industry best practices and nurturing an environment of ongoing progress.

In light of this update, Jamie Lyons, Consultancy Manager and Senior H&S Advisor at SIMIAN commented:

“In this Technical Update, the NASC provides clarity on the parameters for allowing for the use of 2mm, 3mm, and 5mm baseplates during scaffolding erection in accordance with TG20.21. While the scaffolding industry has historically used thinner gauge baseplates without incident, this update shows that through external testing the maximum deflection criteria (as defined in BS EN 74-3) can be achieved. It underscores the NASC’s commitment to aligning TG20 with the prevailing common practices within the UK scaffolding industry”