Over 3000 individual installers have been trained in storage equipment safety knowledge and skills to SEIRS standards since the scheme was set up in the year 2000. Lead industry body and course-provider SEMA is experiencing unprecedented demand, especially for the Storage Equipment Installers Basic Skills Course. Now, to meet construction industry legislation, anyone installing storage equipment needs a SEIRS card in order to renew their CSCS status.

SEMA has already had to lay on another eight dates for this most popular course, which is aimed at those with less than six months’ experience of the industry. While largely classroom-based, the course includes a ‘Rack Climb’ under supervision and some rack erection. Each trainee also has to give a short ‘Tool Box Talk’ site briefing. Successful candidates receive a certificate of attendance, course notes and three years’ registration on the SEIRS database. The day course costs £210 per person.

In total, some 17 of these basic skills courses are scheduled to take place at specialist training facilities in Walsall in the West Midlands this year, and more may be required if demand continues.

Trainees can subsequently proceed to the Advanced Installers Course and, following their three year registration period, they become eligible for the Refresher Course. This updates them on recent codes of practice and legislation.

The SEIRS scheme is progressive and there are three other courses: supervisor, manager and mezzanine.

SEMA president John Halliday said: ‘SEIRS is a best practice example of the industry regulating itself to meet HSE standards. The construction industry’s adoption of SEIRS and subsequent non-negotiable requirement for our trained installers means that, through SEMA, we are delivering a safer working environment for installers and all personnel.’

SEMA is the British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry. It is committed to promoting and extending the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufactured and supplied by its members.

Visit www.seirs.org.uk or telephone 0121 601 6350 for dates or further information.

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