18 October 2013

PASMA expands overseas influence into South Africa

PASMA expands overseas influence into South Africa

Following the appointment earlier this year of Jason Woods as PASMA’s representative for the Middle East, PASMA continues its overseas expansion, appointing David Bass as its South Africa representative.

The role will see the association increase its reach and influence – sharing knowledge and expertise with work at height policy makers in the country, signing up members to establish industry wide safety standards, and beginning the process of training users in line with PASMA guidance.

Speaking about the progress already made, David said: “A number of companies [are already] carrying out courses based on PASMA which will be a key benefit to us. Our first focus though remains to establish relations with the Institute of Work at Height in South Africa, so that we can then engage with stakeholders and user groups who are active in the work at height sector.”

Through David Bass, PASMA has already commenced dialogue with local organisations with an interest in safety and working at height and he is looking forward to forging close working relationships in the establishment of a safe working environment for users of mobile access towers.

After leaving the Corps of Royal Engineers and relocating to Dubai in 1991, for over 20 years David has worked in occupational health and safety in the gas and oil, power and generation, and construction industries. While building his consultancy business, David has maintained ties with IIRSM and IOSH and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences (such as with the Abu Dhabi Municipality).

PASMA’s Managing Director, Peter Bennett, said: “This marks the latest step in a controlled roll out to places where there is a clear opportunity for PASMA to make a difference in work at height. The basics of PASMA’s guidance are universal – how to prevent or minimise one of the most common injury risks in the workplace.”

Jason Woods, PASMA’s representative for the Middle East, has been working with David in the early stages of the establishment of PASMA in South Africa, having visited the country twice in the past few months. He will be involved in training the first novice instructors to deliver PASMA courses.

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