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1.1 Definition of key concepts

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1.1.1 Scaffolding

For the purposes of this document scaffolding is defined as:

Any structure or framework, swinging stage, suspended scaffolding, or boatswain's chair, of a temporary nature, used or intended to be used for the support or protection of workers for the purpose of carrying out their work or for the support of materials used in connection with any such work. Scaffolding includes any scaffolding erected as such and not dismantled, whether or not it is being used as scaffolding; and also includes any plank, coupling, fastening, fitting, equipment, item or device used in connection with the construction, erection, dismantling or use of scaffolding.

Note that the definition of scaffolding in the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 under clause 1.3.2 has in view the interpretation of the levels of scaffolding contained in its umbrella legislation, the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and is therefore a little different from that given above.


1.1.2 Scaffolding process

Scaffolding process is defined as:

The planning for and/or the design, erection, inspection, alteration, use or dismantling of any scaffolding and/or related components. This includes all structures constructed using scaffolding components, such as falsework, temporary grandstands, lighting towers and stair access towers. [These have been included in the scope of the BPG if scaffolding components are being used.]


Last updated 3 September 2013


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.