PASMA training breaks records
By Sarah Ann McCay18 January 2014
2013 saw the UK’s Prefabricated Access Suppliers & Manufacturers Association (PASMA) train more than 63000 people to work at height safely. This marked a new record for the mobile access tower association, as training figures rose 10% on 2012.
At the start of 2014, there were 320000 active PASMA cards in circulation; a figure that has continued to rise steeply over the last five years, as more and more organizations see the value of PASMA training courses.
2013 also saw PASMA enter into partnership with Scotland’s electrical trade association Select to make tower training more accessible to the electrical industry. PASMA also expanded its presence overseas, launched PAS 250 – the first minimum standard specification for low-level work platforms, and held the first national Tower Week.
PASMA’s growth is expected to continue throughout 2014. The first PASMA training centres outside of the UK have already been launched in Dubai and South Africa and work to expand the association’s presence in these regions will continue in 2014.
PASMA’s director of training, Stuart Hopkins, said, "As the fifth consecutive increase in training numbers, it demonstrates the importance that both managers and users attach to the benefits of PASMA training. Adding new safety-related training options and continuing our work as the voice of the tower industry will continue to promote this safety message in 2014."