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Carabiner and ropesWhen it comes to working at height, it is important to ensure that you are fully certified but it isn’t always straightforward to work out which course is the most suitable certification. IPAF and PASMA training are both essential courses for complying with Working at Height Regulations and each one covers different aspects. The importance of these qualifications should not be overlooked – if you need to refresh your certifications, PASMA training in Newcastle can help to get you back up to speed. 

IPAF stands for International Powered Access Federation and it involves the safe use of powered access. PASMA, on the other hand, stands for Prefabricated Access Suppliers Manufacturers Association and it is for safe access to mobile access towers. Therefore, training is required depending on how workers are accessing the work site.

If you need to use both types of access equipment, you will need to be both IPAF and PASMA certified to meet the Working at Height Regulations. The courses both offer 5-year certification, so if you have completed the training some time ago, you need to check how long your certification is valid for.

What are the Work at Height Regulations 2005?

In 2005, the Work at Height Regulations were introduced to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. The regulations apply to employers and contractors who are responsible for controlling work at height. Whilst employers are responsible for ensuring work is properly planned and supervised, employees also have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves.

What Sort of Equipment Requires IPAF?

The IPAF certification is suitable for people operating any type of mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) including scissor lifts and vehicle-mounted boom lifts. When completing and passing an IPAF course, you receive a Power Access Licence (PAL) card, safety guide, log book and certificate. People who control the work site should ensure that all workers show their PAL card and that it is still valid. IPAF courses include Operator Training courses and the MEWPs for Managers.

What Other Courses are Available and What Do They Cover?

Our PASMA course covers essential points for those working at height and using mobile access towers. Depending on the type of equipment you use, you may need a low-level access course to become competent in assembling, moving, dismantling and inspecting low-level prefabricated access units.

If you use scaffolding then you need to take a course that covers this as well, such as the combined standard and low-level course. The most important part of checking whether you and your colleagues are fully certified is to compile a list of the equipment that is used.

If you are unsure then it is worthwhile contacting North East Access Training to get some advice to ensure that your certification covers you fully and that you are compliant with the regulations. For more information about PASMA training in Newcastle, please contact our team today.