The IPAF training programme for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals. It is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training. Class sizes are kept small. Courses generally last one to two days and are a mixture of theory and practice, with a written and a practical test. Course material is available in many languages. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.
AT THE END OF THE COURSE, THE OPERATOR WILL:
• Be aware of the relevant Health and Safety regulations.
• Be aware of accident prevention and control.
• Be aware of the needs regarding personnel protection.
• Be aware of the need to refer to the machine Operating Manual.
• Drive the MEWP safely and manoeuvre the machine as required, to correctly position and carry out the required tasks in a correct and proper manner, inside and outside a building.
THE OPERATOR SHOULD KNOW:
• The pre-use checks and daily maintenance to be carried out prior to commencing work.
• The correct and safe method of operating the specific machine.
• The correct emergency procedures, capacities and limitations to enable safe operation.
• Selection and use of fall protection equipment covering as a minimum anchorage points in platforms, harness standards, explanation of fall arrest, lanyard types, use and correct fitting, rescue procedures, current recommendations [HSE & IPAF H1/05/05].
• Introduction to the Actual Machine - Walk around and familiarisation with MEWP.
• Major components - Identification of each component and its function.
• Pre-use Checks and Inspection - Carry out all the required checks/inspections on the following items: Tyres, main frame, turntable, fluid levels, hoses, electrical cables, booms, cage, brakes, steering, lights, travel, controls, (lower/upper), pins/retaining bolts and decals any additional points from the machine operations manual.
• Starting/Stopping the Machine - Correct starting and shut down procedures.
• Pre-Use Function Checks - Fully function the machine and carry out full emergency lowering procedure.
• Checks Prior to Road Travel - For example: PTO disengaged, booms retracted, stabilisers retracted, machine secure, e.g. no loose objects.
• Planning the Route - Gradients, access, overhead obstructions and ground conditions.
• Travelling the Route and Manoeuvring the Machine (where applicable) Ensure route clear, use of assistant to signal, etc., practice close manoeuvring and observe correct driving practices (tail swing, etc.).
• Setting the Machine for Work - Practice setting up, barrier off requirements, road requirements, stabiliser set-up and carry out stabiliser deployment checks.
• Basic Operational Practice - Carry out operational functions at 75% of the operating envelope so far as is reasonably practical, observe all safety practices.
• Typical Work Applications - Carry out practice applications observing all safety practices.
• Parking the Machine - Ensure that the machine is correctly parked, engine stopped, brakes applied, keys removed and clearance of all obstacles. Correct refuelling procedures, diesel, LPG. Battery checks, charging and safety precautions.