Vented 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 vented scaffold sheeting. Many construction sites continue to use non-compliant materials that increase risk and compromise safety.
Powerclad® Vented 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 containing dust and pollutants. Environmental impact is thus minimised. Vented scaffold sheeting provides an air permeable solution which reduces the excessive forces of high winds on the scaffold structure which can lead to its collapse if sheeting is not air permeable.
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.