Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and all other man-made structures. Scaffolds are widely used on site to get access to heights and areas that would be otherwise hard to get to.

Scaffolding systems can be customized and adapted to suit the specific requirements of different projects, ensuring optimal support and stability while conforming to industry safety standards and regulations.

The most common types of scaffolding used today are tube and coupler (fitting) components, prefabricated modular system scaffold components, H-frame / façade modular system scaffolds and suspended scaffolds.

Established in 1945 as a non-profit organization, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is the UK’s recognised trade body, representing the scaffolding and access industry worldwide. With a strong focus on promoting safe and effective scaffolding practices, the NASC sets industry standards through the production of recognized health and safety, contractual, technical, and product purchasing guides. By influencing legislation, collating safety data, and providing audited training programs, the NASC drives improvements across the industry.

NASC membership requires strict adherence to auditing standards and a code of conduct, ensuring compliance and fostering excellence. The NASC facilitates collaboration, knowledge exchange, and continuous improvement among its 400 leading contracting firms, scaffolding suppliers, and manufacturers. In addition to producing industry guidelines, the NASC supports its members through grants, training, legal and expert advice, as well as conferences and publications.

NASC guidance and best practice provide the cornerstones of Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) the industry recognised qualification for the Scaffolding Sector. For more information on industry training go to 

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