POWERCLAD®scaffold sheeting & fence sheeting.
Powerclad Scaffold Sheeting
Reinforced scaffold sheeting for all tube & fitting and modular scaffold systems
- Reinforced polyolefin scaffold sheeting
- Strong reinforcement bands with eyelets every 10 cm
- Flame Retardant (FR) grades have third party approval to the highest standards (TS 62/63) for both printed and non-printed sheeting
- FR rating for flame retardant grades: Class B-s1,d0 EN 13501-1; BS 476 Part 12C
- ISO 9001 and full batch traceability
- Also known as Scaffold Tarps and Scaffolding Tarpaulin
Scaffold sheeting technical information
Scaffold sheeting provides an improved working environment and significant environmental and safety benefits.
This technical briefing is designed to increase the awareness of the relevant standards and guidelines applicable to scaffold sheeting. Many construction sites continue to use non-compliant materials that increase risk and compromise safety.
Powerclad® Scaffold Sheeting is produced by Industrial Textiles & Plastics (ITP), which has more than 30 years’ experience in developing and manufacturing specialist protective materials for the construction industry, with particular expertise in fire retardant technology.
Scaffold sheeting provides a temporary containment and weather protection enclosure system. Its usage minimises weather-induced delays to a project, enhances site safety by preventing debris and small objects from falling, and reduces the risk of people falling from scaffold platforms.
Scaffold sheeting improves the working area by reducing wind-chill factor, aiding heat retention and containing dust and pollutants. Environmental impact is thus minimised. Acoustic sheeting reduces noise pollution, while insulated sheeting provides superior temperature control.
SCAFFOLD SHEETING RISK ASSESSMENT
Prior to installation, a thorough safety review and risk assessment of the scaffold design should be undertaken to ensure that the structure will withstand the additional forces caused by installing sheeting on the scaffold.
This should include the consequences of installing scaffold sheeting close to unusual suction forces (such as motorways, bridges, tunnels and railway tracks) and the risks to surrounding buildings and areas, the public, and pedestrian and vehicular traffic in case of an accidental collapse.
Scaffold Sheeting Safety: BS 7955 Compliance for Performance and Flame Retardancy
Containment nets and scaffold sheets on construction works. Specification for performance and test methods
This is the principal British standard for scaffold sheeting. “BS 7955” must be printed on the scaffold sheeting’s packaging to confirm compliancy. Note: some products are offered as “compliant to BS 8410”; this is misleading as BS 8410 refers to a method of installation rather than a measure of performance.
Scaffold Sheeting Safety: Flame Retardancy Third Party Approvals
Warrington Certifire Certification
Warrington Certifire provides internationally recognised certification in support of fire safety and security. Certifire for manufacturers and suppliers is a scheme that assures performance, quality reliability and traceability of fire protection products and systems. The Certifire brand is recognised by many regulatory authorities worldwide as an international mark of fire safety. Certifire approved products are listed online at WarringtonCertification.com.
Note: Materials that have third party approval must display the appropriate logo (LPCB or Certifire), certificate number and compliance to BS7955 printed on the sheeting at regular intervals. If this does not appear on the sheeting, it does not have accredited third party approval, regardless of what is claimed by the manufacturer.
Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB)
LPCB offers third party approval confirming that products and services have met and will continue to meet these standards. LPCB is a registered trademark of BRE Global.
SCAFFOLD SHEETING: FIRE PREVENTION ON CONSTRUCTION SITES
The Joint Code of Practice, 9th edition, published October 2015 by the Construction Confederation and The Fire Protection Association, with the support of The Association of British Insurers, The Chief Fire Officers Association and the London Fire Brigade.
The scope of this Code applies to project with an original contract value of
£2.5million or above, and applies equally to smaller value contracts where these are part of a large project. A large project is one with a value of £20million and above. There may be exceptional circumstances, such as in the case of high fire risk sites, where these thresholds are reduced. In cases where the construction contract or the insurance contract does not require this Code to apply, this Code shall serve as ‘best practice’’. All parties must always check with their insurance providers on each project.
SCAFFOLD SHEETING PRODUCT COMPLIANCE SUMMARY
Risk assessment shows flame retardant sheeting not required
|Compliant to BS 7955||yes||yes||yes|
|Flame retardancy third party approval||not applicable||yes|
Scaffold Sheeting Safety: Installation and Maintenance
Code of practice for lightweight temporary cladding for weather protection and containment on construction works
BS 8410:2007 gives guidance and recommendations on the application and use of lightweight temporary cladding systems on construction and similar sites where weather protection and/or containment of dust and debris is required. Among the requirements is the specification that a minimum of one scaffold sheet fixing should be used per metre of material in any direction.
- Scaffold sheeting and debris netting should be installed strictly to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- For safety considerations, scaffold sheeting and netting should never be installed during windy conditions and whenever elastic fastening ties are used, appropriate eye protection should be worn when installing ties.
- It should be noted that where scaffold sheeting is installed on the inside of scaffolds, it is unable to detach whenever suction forces are experienced. This may put excessive forces on the scaffold structure leading to its collapse.
- In windy conditions, an inadequate number of fastening ties will inevitably result in the sheeting detaching prematurely and too many ties may put excessive forces on the scaffold structure leading to its collapse.
- In high winds, the scaffold sheeting should be regarded as sacrificial in order to maintain the integrity of the scaffold structure.
Scaffold sheeting and netting should be inspected at regular intervals (or immediately after windy conditions) to ensure that it is securely tied. Any broken ties or torn scaffold sheeting should be replaced as further damage and tearing will inevitably result if it is allowed to flap unnecessarily.
Powerclad Scaffold Sheeting Projects
Express Network 2
ITP’s Powerclad scaffold sheeting has been extensively installed to support redevelopment work at Express Network 2 on Henry Street, which will see the replacement of non-compliant cladding, insulation and cavity barriers.
National Railway Museum, York
ITP’s Powerclad scaffold sheeting is helping construction work to stay on track in a major refurbishment at the National Railway Museum in York.
ITP expands presence in Leeds at another major renewal project
ITP’s Powerclad scaffold sheeting has been chosen to provide containment and protection throughout a landmark redevelopment in Leeds which will transform two of the city’s historic buildings into 17,490 sqm of student living space.
Bionenergy plant Helsinki
ITP’s Powerclad scaffold sheeting is being used in support of a major new bioenergy plant in Helsinki which will help one of Finland’s largest energy companies to become carbon neutral by 2035.