MATS have now completed the first stage of the process for creating a Roof Worker Syllabus.  We believe it reflects the present working practices and situations that will be faced by those persons authorised to access our infrastructure.  We have considered a number of the existing training providers course syllabus' and had lengthy discussions with a number of interested parties across the industry. This stage of the consultation opens up the wider discussion on the proposed syllabus, from all interested parties to secure the best solution and allows full consultation in respect to the industry wide challenges we face going forward. Proposed Syllabus Download - Proposed Syllabus Proposed Specification Download - Proposed Specification The Ask Please reply to: enquiries@matsgroup.info by Friday May 21st - 2021 Please ensure your comment is directed to a particular unit on the 'Response' document and is structured as to why you feel any change is required and what you would propose the change looks like. Download - Response document I have included some points of principle as well on the response document.  These points have already been raised and your feedback on these would also be appreciated. ...

The MATS Group Spring Newsletter 2021 is available now. The newsletter features a sad but fond farewell to former MATS Chair Alan Trueman, a look into Psittacosis and other diseases caused by exposure to bird droppings and a look into the balance of mental and physical health. Download - MATS Group Spring Newsletter 2021 ...

In light of the latest announcement by the UK Government on the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, the MATS group has reviewed the options available to us in order to support our industry in maintaining the infrastructure that enables key services to be provided. In order to work at height on MATS Group telecommunications structures, a worker is currently required to have the following in date certificates as a minimum: -  MATS Basic Climber and Rescue Flat roof / Rooftop Access Emergency 1st AidClimbers MedicalRF Safety Awareness Whilst the MATS Group acknowledges that some training providers are continuing face to face courses, there are challenges with reduced delegate numbers on a course and overnight accommodation.   After risk assessment, some Employers will not allow their people to travel extensively, stay in overnight accommodation or attend face to face training courses.  The MATS Group will allow conditional extensions as outlined below though please note the following statement: - “In all cases, Employers have a responsibility to ensure that a full risk assessment is carried out on every individual to ensure that the organisation is satisfied they still have the necessary skills and competency to carry out their activities”. MATS Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue- Extended to 30th...

In light of the latest lockdown restrictions across the UK, the MATS group has reviewed the options available to us in order to support our industry in maintaining the infrastructure that enables key services to be provided. In order to work at height on MATS Group telecommunications structures, a worker is currently required to have the following in date certificates as a minimum: -  MATS Basic Climber and Rescue Flat roof / Rooftop Access Emergency 1st AidClimbers MedicalRF Safety Awareness Whilst the MATS Group acknowledges that some training providers are continuing face to face courses, there are challenges with reduced delegate numbers on a course, overnight accommodation and further pressures with the Tier 4 and lockdown announcements.   After risk assessment, some Employers will not allow their people to travel extensively, stay in overnight accommodation or attend face to face training courses.  The MATS Group will allow conditional extensions as outlined below though please note the following statement: - “In all cases, Employers have a responsibility to ensure that a full risk assessment is carried out on every individual to ensure that the organisation is satisfied they still have the necessary skills and competency to carry out their activities”. MATS Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue- Extended to 31st...

The MATS Group Winter Newsletter 2020 is available now. The newsletter features the groups latest response to the Covid-19 outbreak, an update on the 2021 MATS Group Conference as well welcoming our latest member MBNL DOWNLOAD - MATS GROUP Winter Newsletter 2020 ...

The MATS Group continues to closely monitor the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the announcement of the second national lockdown in England from 5th November. We encourage all training providers and delegates to continue to follow all Government and devolved Government advice. At present, the majority of training providers are continuing to provide safety training in covid-secure safe environments to ensure that our key workers within the industry can continue to be provided with essential training and maintain safety certification during these challenging times. ...

In March 2020, due to the restrictions imposed by the UK Government due to COVID-19, the MATS Group proposed an interim extension to certain certifications required for working at height. This original training extension expired on 20th September 2020. The MATS group has reviewed the options available to us in order to support our industry in maintaining the infrastructure that enables key services to be provided. In order to work at height on MATS Group telecommunications structures, a worker is currently required to have the following in date certificates as a minimum: -  MATS Basic Climber and Rescue Flat roof / Rooftop Access Emergency 1st AidClimbers MedicalRF Safety Awareness Apart from Emergency 1st aid where the HSE has agreed an extension to 31st October 2020 (see below), there will be no further extensions to any of the other certification.  Training providers are still operating and able to take bookings for courses though it is worth noting not to leave booking a course until the last minute to ensure there is enough availability. Emergency 1st Aid Training- Extended to 31st October 2020 First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases, there remains a back log or limited availability. FAW or EFAW certificates that expired...

The MATS Group Autumn Newsletter 2020 is available now. The newsletter features the groups latest reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak, an update on the 2021 MATS Group Conference as well as looking at the new working at height training course. Download - Mats Group Autumn newsletter 2020 ...

The MATS Group has revised and updated Guidance Note GN-005 "Medical Requirements for Climbing Masts & Towers". We are now inviting all stakeholders for feedback/suggestions for this draft document and we welcome your views. Click to download Guidance Note GN-005 Please send your comments/feedback via email to enquiries@matsgroup.info and put "GN-005 feedback" in the subject line.This consultation period will close on Friday 16th October 2020. ...

Please note that some climbers will have been issued with EUSR registration cards that have a 14 month period stated on them. This was created to offer climbers a grace period from which if you missed the course expiry date, you would not be deleted from the EUSR database for 2 months. This has resulted in the misconception that the expiry period is actually 14 months. This was never the intention and we are putting steps in place with EUSR to resolve this going forward. In the interim period, please note that you are expected to renew your certificate within the 12 month period. You may experience difficulties with gaining access to sites if you are relying upon the database entry showing 14 months. This will apply to cards issued before the 1.9.20.  From the 1st September 2020, the EUSR processes will have been adjusted to reflect the above and all cards will state a 12 month period. For anyone with an EUSR registration for the Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue scheme' please note that we have introduced a 12 month 'away from industry' period where you will still be able to apply for a revalidation course...