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IPAF training day

This year’s Access Summit, organized by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), focused on the theme of management responsibility for MEWPs (mobile elevated work platforms).

As there are currently statutory duties that apply to practically all managers working in this area, IPAF has introduced the MEWPs for Managers course – a one-day training programme, which teaches managers to be competent in preparing and safely co-ordinating the various types of MEWPs used on site.

The course is in response to continual requests for further advice and information. These have been widespread and include role of operator training, legislation, organization and planning, use of safety harnesses, platform safety, implications of the Working at Height Regulations, and where to go for help and guidance.

According to Facelift Access Hire, one of many IPAF training centres offering the MEWPs for Managers course, the main issues for managers are:

  1. organization of work so that it is safe
  2. appoint competent persons
  3. provide adequate supervision
  4. provide information, relevant instruction and training
  5. monitor and review health and safety performance.

For more information on the MEWPs for Managers course visit: or

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