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What is PASMA Towers on Stairs?

The PASMA Towers on Stairways training course teaches delegates how to build stepped towers. The course covers current legislation, regulations and guidance for towers in general, and focuses on hazards specific to using them on stairs. Both theory and practical sessions are held during this full day course.

Who is the PASMA Towers in Stairs course suitable for?

Personnel who’s work involves using a tower on stairs.


1 Day, lasting a minimum of 6 hours.

Learning Objectives

How to safely assemble, dismantle, alter, use and inspect without risk of personal injury to the delegates or others.

Delivery Method

Instruction both in theory and practical sessions.


Closed book course with a pass mark of 80% in both theory and practical.

Personal Protective Equipment Required to Attend

Suitable head / foot protection and gloves during the practical session.

PASMA Towers on Stairs Training Course Content

Current Legislation, Regulations and Guidance affecting working at height with access towers, PASMA Code of Practice; Product Standards EN 1004:2004; BS 1139 Part 6, assembling, altering and dismantling towers incorporating current best practice for fall protection, inspection of completed access towers and completion of Tower Inspection Records; hazards affecting the use of towers on stairs.

Instructor Delegate Ration

Maximum of 1:8

Supporting Documents

A course content and notes booklet and a current Code of Practice booklet will be issued to all delegates who attend the course.

PASMA Certificate

A PASMA Photo Card and Certificate will be issued to successful delegates who complete the theory and assessment sessions at the level they attend the course which has a 5year validity period.

PASMA have stopped sending certificates in the post as of 1st January 2022. They will continue to send out the PASMA cards which show the certificate number. You will now receive a virtual training certificate after your PASMA course instead of a hard copy. The virtual PASMA certificate can be shared and stored more easily. It is available once you receive your PASMA card, this is accessed through the check a card tool.

Literacy, Fitness & Health Statement

Since the safe use of mobile access towers requires that you consult safety notices and read and thoroughly understand the manufacturer’s instruction manual, literacy and language comprehension are important requirements for any tower user.

Similarly, since the assembly and use of mobile access towers can be physically demanding, users should be physically fit and in good health, and should generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights, vertigo, giddiness, difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence, including prescribed drugs or psychiatric illness.

You should also consider how the effects of extremes of temperature–heat and cold; lack of nutrition–fasting; and lack of water–dehydration, can impair your ability to work effectively.

If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, are pregnant, or have any doubts about your fitness to use mobile access towers, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using mobile access towers, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures to take account of any difficulties you may have

Qualifications & Experience Required

You must hold a current “PASMA Towers for Users” Photo Card and have a good working knowledge of working at height.

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