As previously promised, the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) will release the revised “Code of practice for the selection and use of temporary access equipment for working at height in theatres”, in time for the 2011 PLASA Show.
This long-awaited document provides step-by-step practical guidance for all who work at height and those who supervise work at height in theatres and other entertainment venues. Aimed particularly at the working technician, the Code sets out the hierarchy of choice that should be followed when selecting equipment. Topics include existing and purpose-made bridges, powered access such as MEWPS, scaffolding towers, Tallescopes, Zarges, step ladders and rope ladders in descending order of safety factors.
Of particular interest is the revised section on Tallescopes and the new requirements necessary to carry the ABTT’s approval for it being regarded as a safe piece of work equipment. The requirements of the “three fours” (see photograph) are as a result of the tests of Tallescopes carried out for the ABTT and by the HSE. The safe use of Tallescopes has been the subject of much discussion amongst industry bodies such as SOLT, TMA, HSE, ABTT, Aluminium Access Products and a range of UK theatre organisations. The ABTT is grateful to the HSE for their help in the preparation of this 103 page booklet.
This code of practice is of such importance that the ABTT has decided to make it as freely available as possible. Free copies will be distributed to all working technicians upon application. Applications should preferably be by email: [email protected] giving name & job, as well as address. The normal cost will be £6.00 inc p&p. A Tallescope log book is also available at a cost of £2.00 per copy.
The Code will be launched at a seminar session to be held at the PLASA Show on Sunday, 11 September, commencing at 5:00pm. See www.plasashow.com/education/sunday/ for details and registration.