What to Expect from an IPAF Training Course
Posted: Mar 26, 2019
IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training programmes are among the most important when it comes to training individuals in the correct and safe use of MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Working Platforms). Working at height is still the leading cause of major injuries and even fatalities in the workplace in the UK and so IPAF training is essential. Education and increased training coverage is making a huge difference as operators, instructors and managers alike all become fully trained in their role in working at height in their company or organisation.
What to expect on an IPAF course
Reduced to its most basic terms, the crux of an IPAF course is to test the practical skills of all delegates as well as their knowledge surrounding the safe use of the relevant equipment, depending on the specific course chosen. When delegates have passed both theory and practical tests they will then receive a licence accredited by IPAF and recognized industry-wide, to use MEWPs. The successful delegate receives a PAL (Powered Access Licence) card, which is recognized by the Health and Safety Executive and employers will recognize this as proof of training.
In terms of the specifics of what will be learned on an IPAF course, they can be reduced to fall into two principal categories: 1 – the handling of distinct roles and 2 – the handling of specific environmental conditions.
1 – Handling your role
One of the main things an IPAF training course will help you understand is the great importance of being able to understand and implement your own distinct role in working with MEWPs. Whether you are an operator, installer or manager you will need to understand the safety concerns surrounding your role and how best to minimize risk and maximize safe practice. Each course is tailored to helping you master your role and ensure that you are up to date with the latest ideology and best practice. You will also get used to handling all of the various bits of equipment you are likely to come across in your job.
2 – Working in different conditions
IPAF training will teach you that everything can change depending on the situation and environmental or weather conditions. Your safety training will take into consideration the need for versatility and flexibility depending on the situation. From changes to job planning, to adjusting the route to take with your MEWP in inclement weather or adjusting practice on uneven terrain, the IPAF training course will leave you in no doubt as to the best course of action across a whole range of shifting scenarios.
There is absolutely no doubt that ensuring that companies and their staff are fully trained at all levels of personnel involved in the planning and execution of jobs that necessitate the use of MEWPs of all shapes and sizes is the most powerful tool in the armoury for reducing the risk and occurrence of accidents and injuries resulting from working at height. Hopefully by seeing just what you can expect and how you will benefit, you will take the right step and book that course!
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