Safety is always one of the most important things to consider in the workplace, whatever business you are in. However, when working at height, ensuring the safety of your employees becomes even more paramount. Even if you aren’t an expert in safety training yourself, it is still essential that you fulfil your duty of care to your workforce.
IPAF training is the safe and legal way of meeting training requirements. There are rules and regulations which determine the level of training your employees need in order to work with certain equipment, and it is important to bear in mind that this training does need to be reassessed on a semi-regular basis. If your business is located in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear or further afield across the country, North East Access Training can help you to decipher the correct IPAF training that your employees require.
If you’re still feeling a bit in the dark about IPAF training and safety regulations, we have put together a short guide to all the essentials that you need to know to help you out.
What is IPAF Training?
IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) are the leading governing body for the use of MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Working Platform). They monitor the use of MEWPs and provide training for those who wish to use them. Those who successfully complete their IPAF training are rewarded with a PAL card (Powered Access Licence card) which certifies the completion of their training and their validity for operating MEWPs.
What Happens in an IPAF Training Program?
Here at North East Access Training, our training centres are ideal for those within the Newcastle and Tyne and Wear area. However, our IPAF training can also be completed by businesses in locations across the UK. Our partnered training centres are certified to provide IPAF training to the highest standard, and all of our instructors are fully qualified professionals.
Our IPAF training courses take one full day, including both theory and practical application. The course instructs operators in the safe preparation and operation of MEWPs, plus various optional extras including the safe use of harnesses, safety wear, and correctly loading static machinery onto other vehicles for transportation purposes. Once you have successfully completed and passed the IPAF training programme, you will soon receive your certificate and official PAL card through the post.
To get further information about our IPAF training courses or to book your place on a course, give us a call today on 0191 442 1989.