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.
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 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.