ScAffolding Chamber (Steel)


The Scaffold Chamber of the IWH is set up to promote safe working at height on the erection and use of Scaffolders. This involves:

Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support people and materials. It is usually a modular system of steel tubes, although it can be fabricated from other materials.


Contractors must ensure that all person that install scaffolding understand their specific roles and are trained to:

A contractor also needs to appoint a competent supervisor in writing who must ensure that all scaffolding operations are carried out under his/her supervision and that all scaffold erectors, team leaders and inspectors are competent to carry out their work.

The Construction Regulations 2014, CR16 (2) also specify that a contractor using access scaffolding must ensure that such scaffolding, when in use, complies with the safety standards incorporated for this purposes into the Regulations under section 44 of the Act.



All persons working with scaffolding must wear the relevant personal protective equipment (PPE).


The contractor must have risk assessments performed by a competent person, appointed in writing, with the assessment including at least the following main points:

In addition, the contractor must also control and prevent:

The following  SANS standards apply to the Scaffold Industry:

SANS 10085-1: Steel Access Scaffolding

The design, erection, use and inspection of access scaffolding

SANS 1396: Wooden Scaffold Boards

This standard specifies requirements for four types (see 4.1) of wooden scaffold board

SANS 657-1: Steel tubes for non-pressure purposes Part 1:

Sections for scaffolding, general engineering and structural applications

Related BS standards also exist, being:

BS 1139 Part 6: Metal Scaffolding

Applies to prefabricated tower scaffolds subject to wind loads up to and including 0.1 kN/m2.

The IWH Professional Body will issue licenses to individuals for recognition to work as

For Scaffold related enquiries, please email any of the following:

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