PASMA pushes PAS 250
In an effort to improve safety and performance for low level work platforms, such as pulpits and podiums, all of PASMA’s manufacturing members now comply with the requirements of PAS 250.
This publically available specification - expected to become a full British Standard by 2016 - is sponsored by PASMA and developed in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), alongside other leading organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Hire Association Europe (HAE) and the UK Contractors’ Group (UKCG).
The move means that all pulpits and podiums made by PASMA manufacturing members have been designed, manufactured and tested to satisfy the stringent requirements of PAS 250.
The association also goes further by stating that anyone with responsibility for sourcing or using low level work platforms should only buy certified PAS 250 compliant products, as offered by PASMA members.
Don Aers, PASMA’s technical director, says: “Designs for this type of equipment had previously been developed in the absence of any formal standard. Without specific design criteria it was clear that some products were inherently unsafe and open to misuse and abuse.
“Specifiers should not think that because podiums and pulpits are fitted with anti-surf devices, that it’s ‘job done‘. There are many other safety issues that need to be addressed to comply with PAS 250, chief amongst which is resistance to overturning.
“PAS 250 addresses these issues in a pragmatic, practical way and users should be aware of the risks they run by specifying non-compliant equipment. It really is the first thing they should check.”
PAS 250 covers, amongst other things, strength and stability requirements and material specifications, together with design requirements for the working platform, side protection (guardrails), access, mobility, labels and user guides.