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SAFE USE OF POWERED ACCESS – IPAF TRAINING – What’s involved.
To ensure that all operators of MEWPS (mobile elevating work platforms) have an awareness of the hazards when working at height, the industry body – IPAF – (The International Powered Access Federation) have set out a safe working standard to help all operators follow health and safety laws and ensure safe working practise.
Why is IPAF training needed?
With ever increasing work at height regulations, an employer must ensure that as an MEWP operator, you’re trained to use machinery safely and effectively and kept up to date with current legislation. The IPAF training programme for platform operators oversees all training requirements with more than 90,000 operators being trained each year, at over 450 IPAF approved training centres.
The training courses are held at various places around the UK and if you are an employer with numerous staff, a trainer can be requested to instruct the course at your workplace. Whether you are an operator, instructor or manager – IPAF training is crucial to your understanding and safe use of powered access platforms.
What does the training involve?
All training takes place at approved training centres (mostly manufacturer and rental members of the IPAF) and they set their own course fees. You can expect a high standard of training – (with regular audits by the IPAF), small classes and some courses lasting a couple of days. The courses combine theory and practice and there’s a written and practical test. The IPAF training operators’ course covers the safe use of hydraulic work platforms, scissor lifts, telescopic and articulating booms, van mounted platforms, vertical platforms and truck mounted platforms- together with an awareness of hazards that can be encountered and how to effectively deal with them.
What happens upon successful completion of the course?
When training’s completed, you’ll receive a PAL Card, (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, log book and certificate. With IPAF training, you’re fully prepared for safe working at height, as IPAF training standards are accepted everywhere, (certified by TUV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training).
The PAL card is recognised worldwide across industries, as proof of platform operator training (to the highest standard). The card is valid for five years and shows the types of equipment that the owner has been trained to operate, along with the level at which they’ve been trained.
As an operator of powered access platforms, IPAF training will leave you feeling safe and confident when operating MEWPs. As an employer, when all your operators have the PAL card – you’re safe in the knowledge that you’ve covered all legal requirements, provided all necessary training for access equipment and made the whole working process a lot more efficient and productive.
How to get your IPAF training underway.
You can take an IPAF course either at your own premises, subject to certain criteria, or at one of the IPAF training centres based in Hickstead, Basildon, South London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and Southampton.
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