Official opening of PASMA's new HQ
By Maria Hadlow14 May 2010
The chairman of the Health and Safety Executive, Judith Hackitt CBE, officially opened PASMA's new headquarters. PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association) is the trade association representing the mobile access tower industry in the UK and Ireland. Located in Glasgow, Scotland, this is the organisation's first permanent HQ and is home to its eight strong secretariat.
Unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion, and recalling her time as director general of the Chemical Industries Association, Ms Hackitt acknowledged the contribution of PASMA and trade associations in general to advancing safety and best practice.
In particular, Ms Hackitt highlighted the long time cooperation between The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and PASMA and the work of the association in promoting competency when working at height. She said, "PASMA is a good example of what can be achieved when regulator and trade body work together to improve standards and develop a culture of safety and excellence."
Responding on behalf of the association, managing director, Peter Bennett, said, "PASMA has always valued its relationship with HSE and continues to do so. It remains a key partner in helping us to serve both our members and the industry at large, and in promoting and encouraging the safe and proper use of access equipment for working at height."
The opening was attended by members of Council, present and past officers, staff and invited guests from all over the UK.