Date : November 14, 2002
Speakers : Mr Manivel Rudrapathi
Occupational Safety and Health Division, Ministry of Manpower
Mr Barry Bolt
Regional Director, SGB Asia Pacific (S) Pte Ltd
Ms Theresa Chin
Executive Engineer, Occupational Safety Department, Ministry of Manpower
SCAL subsidiary, Singapore Construction Safety and Consultancy Pte Ltd (SC2), held a seminar to introduce the Factories (Scaffolds) Regulation to contractors.
The seminar started with Mr Manivel Rudrapathi’s presentation on the introduction of streamline requirements on scaffolds across all industries, where feasible and the ease of updating / reviewing the Regulations in the future.
He then briefed participants on the approval of scaffold contractors and the importance of employment of trained scaffold supervisors and erectors and the proof of employment. The provision of safety harnesses for workers working on suspended scaffolds (gondola) and hanging scaffolds are recommended especially with shock absorbing devices for scaffold erectors.
Besides general provisions, he also introduced the different types of scaffolds such as metal, timber, suspended and other scaffolds.
Next, Mr Barry Bolt spoke on the main types of scaffolding, related safety issues and the importance of site surveys, risk assessments, task observation, competence of scaffold erectors and the communication of safety toolbox talks.
Site surveys and risk assessments are important in the planning stages when the area and the type of scaffolding are to be considered and participants were informed that unauthorised alteration (interference) is the major cause of accidents. Training is essential to ensure the competence of the erectors and various forms of such training are introduced.
The presentation ended with instructions on scaffold inspection, safe ways to erect general access scaffolds and scaffold towers are discussed.
Ms Theresa Chin then presented on the type approval of metal scaffolds. The type of scaffolds currently used in Singapore, the type of scaffolds that require approval, the type of tests required and the documents required are discussed.
She then went on to information required for type approval of scaffold such as the name of metal scaffold, the manufacturer and the country where the system is manufactured, the local supplier of the system (if any), the type approval from other acceptable agencies, documentation proof that scaffold is manufactured in accordance with acceptable quality control regime (e.g. ISO) or international/national quality control and the catalogue of the system.
Test reports for approval of modular and tower scaffold, the proposal of type approval of scaffold to be under the Product Listing Scheme, the 3 Classifications of Products under Product Listing Scheme and its benefits are also discussed.