PLASA has launchd its latest industry qualification – The National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC). PLASA says it was developed with the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, this new certification scheme has been created in response to demand from both employers and freelancers for a competence indicator for people who carry out lifting operations.
Employers know that LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it. LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads, and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.
Since the launch of the PLASA National Rigging Certificate in 2008, an industry standard has existed for riggers to be able to demonstrate their competence, but for people who may only carry out rigging as part of their duties and who do not climb, no specific qualification has previously been available.
The National Event Lifting Certificate consists of five mandatory units which comprise both Knowledge and Performance requirements taken directly from National Occupational Standards:
- Maintain Effective Relationships at Work
- Contribute to Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Ensure Your Own Actions Reduce Risk to Health and Safety
- Rigging Installation
- Rigging Operations
It is important to stress, that like the NRC, the National Event Lifting Certificate is not a training course**.** It is a one day assessment of existing competence, which should only be taken by people with previous training and experience.
PLASA says it hopes that this qualification will become the benchmark for event lifting within the industry headed by those rigging companies and venues that already endorse and support the NRC and Trainee Rigger Scheme.
Online registration will shortly be available via the website http://www.plasa.org/pd/nelc/ , in the meantime, those interested can contact Paul Riddiford (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register or for more information and assessment dates.