John Brash supports updated standards

Published:  15 September, 2009

LINCOLNSHIRE: John Brash has welcomed the recent publication of BS 2482:2009: Specification for timber scaffold boards, which updates the previous 1982 standard.

The British Standard now includes a new 1.2m support span for 38mm scaffold boards. This is in addition to the 1.5m support span for 38mm and 63mm boards that were covered in the earlier version.

The HSE, and Scaffold Board manufacturers, conducted an extensive research program to develop grading rules for the 1.2m support span board (the old Grade A board). In developing these rules there is now no economic reason to buy non British Standard boards.

The industry has always insisted on ‘BS’ tube and ‘BS’ fittings but often settled on a non BS Board, the product that has important safety implications. BS 2482:2009 now encourages the industry to buy BS Boards. A board that doesn’t meet the grade requirement of BS 2482:2009 is most likely unfit for purpose.

As a result of the update, John Brash will only be supplying British Standard scaffold boards, complete with the Kitemark symbol of quality, and will no longer be offering a Grade ‘A’ scaffold board.

The update coincides with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) ‘fall from height’ campaign, which encourages all employers to use only British Standard boards, rather than Grade ‘A’ boards. The HSE points out that in the case of Grade A boards, the burden of proof in the event of an accident rests with the employer. The contractor would need to establish whether they were fit for purpose, and that the grade met the loading requirements.

Christian Brash, managing director at John Brash, explains: “We welcome the latest update to the British Standard for scaffold boards as it creates a common standard for all Scaffold Boards”.

Other changes within BS 2482:1982 include:


  • A maximum tolerance when setting transoms of 100mm.
  • End Bands must be fixed using only nails or staples along the side, or edge of the board, but either teeth, staples or nails may be used to secure the ends. The old fully pressed band could be a safety risk, as if it became detached, the side of the band could cause cuts.
  • The 1.2m support span boards can be either visually or machine graded, whilst the 1.5m support span boards can only be machine graded.


In addition, 63mmx225mm boards will have a maximum support span of 2.5m (reduced from 3.25m). This should not present any issues as the maximum lengths in use are either, 2.45m Cuplok Omega battens, or 2.418m Kwikstage battens. These boards can either be visually or machine graded.

What grade are your boards?


  • Are your boards graded to a clearly defined set of rules, meetingBS 2482:2009? If not, can you validate their grading orperformance criteria? All John Brash boards are manufactured to BS 2482:2009
  • Are your boards manufactured by a Quality Assured company, with independentthird party assessment? John Brash is an ISO9001:2000 registered company and also carries the BSI Kitemark (license number KM 07800).
  • Areyour boards graded by fully trained and independently assessed graders? All John Brash graders are qualified scaffold board graders and the company is reassessed twice annually by the BSI.
  • Do your boards have a full audit trail from production to supply? Every John Brash machine graded board has a unique inkjet printed lot number, ensuring full traceability.

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