SAFETY ALERT

Unauthorised Mixing of Platform Decking components

Within the FASET Platform Decking Committee membership, there are a number of systems that are similar in materials and design. There might be a tendency to think that these similar systems are compatible with one another due to the fact they may, by chance, fit together.
 
As a working platform, Platform Decking is designed, manufactured and tested to conform to a number of standards to ensure it is safe to use and fit for purpose. Although each component is tested for strength and durability individually, the crucial test criterion to comply with the standards is that all components are tested together as a ‘system’. 
 
All FASET members’ systems are fully tested as a system to the required standards, and no FASET Platform Decking manufacturer member company has ever tested a ‘mixed’ component system.
 
It must be noted that any mixing of components from two or more similar manufacturers systems could have catastrophic consequences and is therefore NOT permitted under any circumstances.
 
End users or installation companies who purchase a number of different systems to fit their customer base, should ensure that they never mix components and contact their supplier if they need any further information on this subject.

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WHO WE ARE

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry.

FASET has long been a foundation in supporting its members with expert quality guidance, dedicated working at height training and exclusive membership benefit schemes all with the intention of promoting a safer way of working. Falls from height are still the leading cause of death in the workplace, and that’s why we strive to achieve extremely high standards with our training, courses and guidance and that is shown through our trusted and reliable contractors, manufacturers and trainers in the industry. Being a FASET member is a symbol of trust and ensuring complete peace of mind when businesses choose our members to partner with. All members undergo a rigorous audit which is now accredited by SSiP and is therefore mutually recognised with other health and safety assessment schemes, vitally important if you or your colleagues work at height.

FASET Members work collectively to create a great amount of free to access guidance which can be downloaded from this website to help those working at height. The guidance created provides good practices for contractors and provides understanding of the working at height industry for clients.

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Members work collectively to create a great amount of free to access guidance
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GUIDANCE

The FASET Health, Safety & Technical committee meet regularly to develop and review a range of freely available guidance and courses provided by FASET and its partners.

This guidance is aimed at increasing the safety of all trades working with and around fall arrest safety and working at height, including safety netting and temporary safety systems.

Please click the links in the menu to the left to access the working at height training, guidance or courses you are looking for.

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FASET Safety Net Rigger Training

This is the central training course offered by FASET, designed for all operatives looking to become qualified to install safety nets. Safety netting is a life-critical industry and as such, demonstrating competence is a thorough process. One of the key courses offered for working at height training.

You can access a full list of guidance below to help you work from height safely.

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This exciting new area of our industry provides a tensioned working area for a range of follow on trades, allowing for maintenance work at height and the like to be carried out without the need for specialist access techniques or equipment such as birdcage scaffolding.

It involves tensioning a “material” between the structural members, creating a strong and stable platform from which workers can carry out their work. A number of different systems are becoming available, each using different materials and attachment systems. FASET has undertaken to have a test rig manufactured to ensure that each of these systems are capable of providing a safe working platform for all trades working at height.

 

You can access a full list of guidance below to help you work from height safely.

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The Stair Tower committee is not currently active, having spent a great deal of time bringing together manufacturers’ and users to develop a generic training course on the safe erection of stair towers for safe and efficient working at height.

The committee remains in place so that this training course content and industry developments can be monitored and reviewed.

You can access a full list of guidance below to help you work from height safely.

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This committee was formed to discuss the needs for increased guidance on roof height temporary edge protection and create a suitable, recognised training course.

Although the work on this is complete for the time being, the committee remains in place so the course and industry developments can be reviewed and changes made when necessary.

One of the primary height training course covers the safe installation of an edge protection system to an engineer’s design, and the relevant standards associated with temporary edge protection to work at height safely.

You can access a full list of guidance below to help you work from height safely.

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When all other methods of installing safety netting underneath a fragile roof have been exhausted, it may be necessary to over-net the roof with a safety net.

FASET have worked closely with the HSE and NFRC to develop guidance on this form of safety netting based upon physical testing.  Please contact FASET if you have any questions with regards to this type of work.

Remember: FASET recommend that this form of safety netting should only be used as a last resort, and standard underslung safety netting should always be used where possible. Falls from height are still the leading cause of death in the UK workplace so we will always advise of the best solution to work from height safely.

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As the house-build industry goes from strength to strength, contractors are increasingly looking for a system which provides collective access for builders at eaves height, enabling them to work both within and outside of the structure. Access Platform Decking combines quick installation, with strength, allowing users to safely access, work from and load the decking with materials.

The committee is currently working to develop guidance and height training on these specialist systems which will undoubtedly become more commonplace when working at height. Please visit this section of the website regularly for updates on progress.

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  • "Height training and safety is such a critical area that it demands common standards and levels of competency that reflect the collective knowledge and expertise of industry experts. Every piece of guidance published by FASET is designed to do just that, and any company that ignores that guidance is potentially putting their employees at risk. We understand the imperative nature of falls from height in our industry."

  • "FASET provide a great wealth of resources to aid our business to work at height. The courses they offer along with their providers are articulated in a straightforward and simple manner. Since the revised height regulations came into effect, FASET have guided us to work smarter and more efficient."

  • "My company insists on using only FASET member organisations whose employees have been FASET trained, adhere strictly to FASET guidance and, crucially, are regularly audited to ensure that they meet the demanding standards of the Association. Their working at height training, especially safety netting and temporary safety systems training is paramount, especially given the importance of working at height"

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FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) has authorised manufacturers and  members to deliver FASET Safety Net Rigger Training and Assessments in Italy, Spain,  New Zealand, and Australia.

FASET is internationally recognised as the industry expert and looked to for guidance on Safety Netting and Temporary Safety Systems. Wherever you are, FASET are able to offer guidance and training if you work at height.

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