Designs for this type of low level work platform (LLWP) have been previously developed in the absence of a formal standard. Whilst the majority of LLWPs provide a safe solution to low level access, the are aspects of some products that could be improved by adherence to relevant and specific design criteria.
Therefore PASMA, along with a group of other representative bodies, had sponsored the development of this PAS to provide minimum safety and performance criteria for these products.
Facilitated by BSI Standards Limited and published under licence from the British Standards Institution (BSI), PAS250:2012 was published for all products that conform to being "a low level work platform with one working platform with side protection for use by one person with a maximum working platform height of less than 2.5m".
Extracted from PASMA website.
Therefore, if your current equipment conforms to PAS250:2012 there is no need to change your product immediately. The transition period is expected to continue until April 2017, where it will be expected that equipment will ultimately be replaced by BS8620:2016 type approved products.
In 2017, PASMA will be focusing on Low Level Access and the transition from PAS205:2012 to BS8620:2016, which will result in an update to the training courses that PASMA specifically provide for Low Level Access.
As a PASMA approved Training Centre, RSC Training will stay in touch with these changes so that we can provide the right level of training for our customers.
View our Low Level Access or Combined Towers & Low Level course.
For more information or to book on to a course, contact us or call us on 0203 794 0798.