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Access Towers and Ladders Chamber

The Institute for Work at HeightAccess Towers and Ladders Chamber

Access Towers and Ladders Chamber

The Access Towers and Ladders Chamber of the IWH Professional Body represents the practitioners involved with erecting and working on Access Towers (Aluminium Scaffolding) and Ladders in South Africa.
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Ladders

Falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries.

A ladder is a ‘tried and trusted’ piece of work equipment. But like any tool it must be used, stored, moved and maintained correctly. They are probably also one of the most misused pieces of equipment at work and at home.

Ladders may be used for light work for a short duration only. Within the scope are single ladders, extendable ladders, step ladders, steps and stools, made out of aluminium, steel, composite or wood. Some examples are right and below.

As no designations have been registered with SAQA for Ladders, and because of the importance of endorsing safe working on ladders, the IWH Prof Body has decided to follow the route of acknowledging and approving non-NQF training programmes for Ladder training. For the outcomes and application to train on ladders, please go to the Non-NQF Programmes section or email manager@profbody.co.za for more information.

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Towers (Aluminium Scaffolds)

Mobile access towers are a type of independent working platform, which might be defined as free-standing, not reliant for building assistance on the framework on which it is being used. They have the high quality of being fairly fast to erect and take down.

Construction work (i.e. plastering, window fixing) can be carried out with the use of towers as long as they always remain within the Safe Working Loads (SWL) of the tower.

Mobile access towers are also called by many other names, depending on where people have learned about them. Some of the more common names are Prefabricated Access Towers or Platform, Mobile Towers, Tower Scaffold, Tower-frame Scaffold or Aluminium Scaffolds.

The most common mobile access tower systems are made from aluminium parts but steel and even composite systems are now available. There are two methods of erection – The Through The Trap (3T method) and Advance Guard Rail (AGR) systems.

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DESIGNATIONS

“Professional designation” means a title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practice in an occupational field. Registration against a designation is valid for a period of 3 years, after which the practitioner has to apply for re-registration.

The IWH Professional Body recognises the following skills programmes within the TOWERS/ALUMINIUM SCAFFOLD industry:

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Aluminum Scaffolding Erector & Dismantler

The person responsible for the erecting and dismantling of aluminium scaffolding has to be able to describe the components of prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding. He/she will be able to assemble and dismantle prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding in a safe and efficient way at a work site. He/she will also be able to move the prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding when necessary and to understand that safety must be an overriding concern for his/her own and others safety for the duration of the erection, dismantling and moving phases

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CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

To be recognised with the IWH Prof Body as an Aluminium Scaffolding Erector & Dismantler the licensee must comply with the following minimum requirements:

  • Academic Component

Must have completed the following NQF registered unit standard:

  • Unit Standard 243275: Erect and dismantle prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding (Lev 1; 4 credits)
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must successfully complete the IWH BP approved Aluminium Scaffolding Erector and Dismantler Professional Competency Assessment. (This assessment can also be used as an RPL assessment against the designation).
  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 20 CPD points in a three year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:
  • Compulsory (15 CPD points)
  • Current Medical Certificate = 5 CPD points
  • 1 CPD points per every 5 Erection and dismantler of aluminium scaffolding up to a max of 5 CPD points over a period of 36 months (25 scaffolding erection and dismantling over a period of 3 years)
  • IWH PB approved Aluminium Scaffolding Erection and Dismantler Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points
    • Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points)
      • Membership with an association/ body for the work at height or Scaffolding industry = 2 CPD Points
      • Subscription to industry related trade magazine = 2 CPD Points (max)
      • Attendance of Work at Height conferences = 2 CPD Points
      • Committee member of an association / body nationally or internationally = 2 CPD Points
      • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor / moderator = 5 CDP Points
      • Author of book / published article relating to work at height = 2 CPD Points
      • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation = 2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
      • Workshop on work ethics = 2 CPD points
      • Minimum 1 Workshop / Seminar on work at height and / or Scaffolding industry = 2 CPD Points
      • Refresher Aluminium Scaffolding Erecting and dismantling Training programme = 5 CPD points

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

  • Practical/Workplace Experience

Must have completed minimum 40 hours of relevant erecting and dismantling aluminium scaffolding workplace experience.

  • Board Examination/Competency Assessment
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE IWH PB PERMIT TO OPERATE

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the IWH PB license to operate the practitioner must comply with the following minimum requirements:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
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Aluminum Scaffolding Erector & Dismantler Supervisor

The person responsible for the supervision of erecting and dismantling of aluminium scaffolding, has to be able to integrate knowledge and understanding of prefabricated aluminium scaffolding and related applications with skills for monitoring, organising, inspecting and controlling a range of activities associated with the erection, moving and dismantling of prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding.

This person’s competencies extend beyond just the completion of tasks and contribute towards the development of effective supervisory skills to ensure all work is carried out in accordance with legislation and regulations pertaining to prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding and working at height.

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CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

To be recognised with the IWH Prof Body as an Aluminium Scaffolding Erector & Dismantler Supervisor the permit holder must comply with the following minimum requirements:

  • Academic Component

Must have completed the following NQF registered unit standard:

  • Unit Standard 243275: Erect and dismantle prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding (Lev 1; 4 credits)
  • Unit Standard 243274: Monitor and control the use of prefabricated aluminium alloy scaffolding (Lev 4; 8 credits)
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Board Examination/Competency Assessment
    • Must successfully complete the IWH BP approved Aluminium Scaffolding Erector and Dismantler Supervisor Professional Competency Assessment. (This assessment can also be used as an RPL assessment against the designation).
    • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
    • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
    • Members are required to accumulate 25 CPD points in a three year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:
    • Compulsory (20 CPD points)
      • Current Medical Certificate = 5 CPD points
      • 1 CPD points per every 5 Erection and dismantler of aluminium scaffolding up to a max of 10 CPD points over a period of 36 months (supervising of at least 50 scaffolding erection and dismantling over a period of 3 years.
      • IWH PB approved Aluminium Scaffolding Erection and Dismantler Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points
        • Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points)
        • Membership with an association/ body for the work at height or Scaffolding industry = 2 CPD Points
        • Subscription to industry related trade magazine = 2 CPD Points (max)
        • Attendance of Work at Height conferences = 2 CPD Points
        • Committee member of an association / body nationally or internationally = 2 CPD Points
        • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor / moderator = 5 CDP Points
        • Author of book / published article relating to work at height = 2 CPD Points
        • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation = 2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
        • Workshop on work ethics = 2 CPD points
        • Minimum 1 Workshop / Seminar on work at height and / or Scaffolding industry = 2 CPD Points
          • Refresher Aluminium Scaffolding Erecting and dismantling Supervisor Training programme = 5 CPD points

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

  • Practical/Workplace Experience

Must have completed minimum 100 hours of relevant erecting and dismantling aluminium scaffolding supervisory workplace experience or have erected 15 – 20 scaffold structures per week.

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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE IWH PB PERMIT TO OPERATE

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the IWH PB permit to operate the practitioner must comply with the following minimum requirements:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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The Institute for Work at Height (IWH)

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