Rhino Shrink Wrap - Scaffold Shrink Wrapping

This course is designed to equip the candidate with theoretical and practical knowledge on how to shrink wrap / encapsulate both scaffold structures and industrial modules etc.  It will also provide the candidate with the basic Health, Safety, and Emergency procedures necessary for the working environment.  Finally the candidate will understand the correct way to use, store, assemble and dismantle the equipment used.



Relevant sections on personal responsibility contained in the Health and Safety at Work Act are shown below, in summary, they clearly state that individuals must work in a manner which does not put themselves or anyone else in danger. 

They must comply with all safety requirements advised by their employer and they must not misuse or abuse any article supplied for safety purposes, for example protective clothing or fire extinguishers.

PPE is issued to all individuals for their personal protection against potential hazards and accidents.  Any PPE issued, must be worn always.  Team members are regularly briefed to advise that they will not be allowed onto a site / project unless equipped with all PPE to prevent any possible accidents occurring.

What Does P.P.E. stand for

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Primary Protection Equipment
  • People Provided Equipment

Which of the items listed, are essential PPE when working on site

  • Your overcoat
  • Hi Viz Vest
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Boots
  • Woollen Sweater
  • Safety Gloves


HASAWA Section 7 - General duties of Employees at Work

It is your duty whilst at work:

To take reasonable care for your health and safety and that of any persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work,

You must also co-operate with your employer in health and safety matters.   

An employer has a responsibility to provide training to his employees; 

this is now being carried out with this and other programmes. 

It is therefore your duty to co-operate with your employer and attend these sessions.

HASAWA Section 8 - Duty not to interfere with or misuse anything provided

You must not intentionally or recklessly interfere with, or misuse, anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare.


The fooling with and misuse of a fire extinguisher; or using a helmet to carry substances in. 

Helmets are for head protection only.

Which of the following is part of the HASAWA Section 7 General duties of employees at work

  • It is your duty whilst at work to take reasonable care for your health and safety and that of any persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work
  • It is only the responsibility of your employer to make sure you and your colleagues are safe.


  • All accidents or emergencies, must be reported to the Rhino Shrink Wrap supervisor, immediately, to ensure they are logged.
  • Rhino Shrink Wrap Supervisor / Team member must raise awareness with the site management team or site representative, immediately the emergency arises,
  • Also, in the event of an accident, the Rhino Shrink Wrap supervisor / team member, to contact the Rhino Shrink Wrap office, to ensure this is noted in the accident book

What must you do if you either have an accident, or you are a witness to an accident



Our appointed first aiders have been suitably trained and hold a current first aid certificate issued by an organisation whose training and qualifications are approved by the Health and Safety Executive.

If for some reason the appointed first aider is not on site, an appointed person will be responsible for controlling emergencies, e.g. summon an ambulance

A First Aid Room is required for sites with special or unusual hazards but, on any site, enough first aid boxes must be provided for the work area. 

Even on a large site with a first aid room, first aid boxes are required for locations more than three minutes’ walk from the first aid room.

Rhino Shrink Wrap Supervisors must locate the First Aid facilities for any new site which they are assigned to work on, and then brief the team members so that everyone is familiar with the locations, in case of emergencies.

Who is responsible to find out where the First Aid facilities are located on a 'new' site



Rhino Shrink Wrap Supervisors to ensure Site Security processes are complied with always.  They are to protect the individuals, as well as the site themselves.

Sign in procedures must be adhered to as these are utilised in the event of an emergency

Vehicle registration notification, must be adhered to, for the site to be able to identify if any ‘rogue’ vehicles have been driven on / off site.

Rhino Shrink Wrap Supervisor to brief all team members, their personal belongings are their own responsibility and they should ensure they are safe / secure always.

Company reputation is paramount for both Rhino Shrink Wrap and the customer, there must be no deviation from process, which could jeopardise either party.

Tools & Equipment

Locks & Storage – When equipment is not being used it must be kept locked way.  Gas cylinders must be kept in a dedicated wire mesh cage with a lockable door.  Avoid storing tools overnight in vans, use a dedicated box, on site, to securely store every piece of equipment and every tool, overnight.

Inspection -  The best way to handle theft is to be aware of it immediately.  The faster you are aware something is missing, the easier it can be returned.  At the end of each day and start of each morning, a full inspection should be made.  Check the inventory and condition of every piece of equipment.  This will also keep it in safe, working condition.

Security tags and tracking – For large items of plant, it is possible to fit tracking devices on them and locate them via GPS if they are stolen.  It is important to identify your equipment, as the police will require ID codes and tracking numbers in the event of items being stolen.  For smaller items, these should be marked with an ID pen, that way police can identify the item as yours once it is recovered.

Staff Awareness & Training – Supervisors should always ensure that site workers are aware of the risks.  All workers should know where tools and equipment are stored and how they are kept safe.

Check in and Check out procedure – This is a simple way to account for every piece of equipment, use a check out system when any worker needs a particular tool.  That way you always keep a record of the last person to use a piece of equipment, a simple check in ensures that it has been returned safely

See Appendix vii   -   Rhino Tools & Equipment Check in / out record

What do you do with equipment which is not in use

  • it must be locked away in a dedicated box on site. Gas Cylinders must be kept in a dedicated wire mesh cage with a lockable door
  • it must be kept securely in your company vehicle
  • you must ensure it is put in the site manager's office




Should be segregated, dedicated area

at least 2m clearance should be maintained around equipment being wrapped

maintain high standard of housekeeping

do not shrink-wrap in storage areas

After shrink-wrapping, allow a ‘cooling-off’ period of 20 mins, then make a close inspection of area for smoldering material, also make a close inspection of area for smoldering material at end of each shift.

Always ensure correct procedures are followed to maintain and preserve, buildings / project and immediate surroundings.


turn off gas supply after use

do not expose hoses to heat

stored in safe place

regular maintenance programme


Always obtain a hot work permit before shrink-wrapping & observe procedures in place

extreme care should always be taken with shrink-wrap operations

operators should be trained & adhere to manufacturer’s operating instructions

equipment only used for designed purpose & only adjusted by authorised personnel to manufacturer’s instructions

fire triangle

Fire is a constant hazard both at home and in the workplace.  It starts when three things come together, in the right amount at the same time.  The three things are:

  • A source of FUEL (something that will burn) - sources of FUEL are Paper, rubbish, solvents, plastics
  • A source of HEAT (or ignition) – sources of heat include, matches, lighters, sparks, overheated equip
  • OXYGEN (present in the air around us)
  • These are known as the Fire Triangle

What does COSHH stand for

  • Control of substances hazardous to health
  • cost of substances hazardous to health
  • careful use of substances hazardous to health

List three things which you should do when cleaning up a 'general spillage'

  • Always wear eye and hand protection and choose additional protective equipment appropriate for the situation
  • Use a hose pipe and swill down the nearest drain
  • Deposit hazardous debris in a rigid non reactive container with a lid
  • Spread the spillage around as this will disperse it much quicker
  • Contain the spillage, gently apply absorbent from the outer edge of the spill, inwards to the centre.

Fire triangle consists of Fuel, Heat and ?

Why should you always report accidents



select 3 elements included in Method Statements drawn up by Rhino Shrink Wrap

  • Company details - Rhino Shrink Wrap and the customer
  • Description of works
  • pictures of all staff involved in the project
  • date of birth of each team member
  • Tool Box Talks

There are five key steps to performing a Risk Assessment - Put them into the correct sequence

  • Identify Hazards
  • Decide who may be harmed and how
  • Assess the risks and take action
  • Make a record of the findings
  • Review the Risk Assessment

Name two sources of information used to create Risk Assessments / Method Statements

  • Site Visit
  • Google interrogation
  • Drawings/photos/sketches


Match the types of information with their sources

  • Photographs
    Customer/Scaffolder/Main Contractor
  • Drawings
    Customer/Scaffolder/Main Contractor
  • Schedules
    Sheeting Installation Company
  • Manufacturer standards, regulations & guidance

Scaffold Drawings typically show

  • The detail and scale to enable the necessary calculations to be crried out reference material
  • Detail on how the project will be carried out

Select three key questions to ask when preparing a Shrink Wrap Project

  • What is the purpose of the Shrink Wrap Sheeting - temporary weather protection / environmental containment / appearance
  • Are all the lifts boarded to where the scaffolding is required to be sheeted
  • How close are the rest rooms to where the scaffold structure is situated
  • How many ladders will be used to access the scaffolding.
  • Is the pitch of the roof shown