IPAF has appointed Jason Woods as its new representative for the United Arab Emirates, reflecting IPAF’s growing presence in the Middle East. IPAF has 15 members across Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

    Woods has more than 20 years of experience in the powered access industry. He began in sales and rental in the U.K. from 1990 to 2002, holding positions with Building Services Plant Hire, Hewden Stuart and Euro Towers. Woods has been involved with work-at-height training since 1996 and is a certified IPAF instructor and PASMA instructor. He ran his own training and sales business from 2008 to 2011 and was vice-chairman of the PASMA training committee. In 2011, Woods joined Instant Access in the Middle East as training manager and has since focused on promoting safety and training standards, and developing the mobile tower and powered access business in the Gulf Region.

      “My new duties with IPAF will include working alongside existing and new members and training centers to give full guidance, advice and support,” said Woods. “My key aim is to boost the safe use of powered access and to grow the number of IPAF PAL cards within the GCC, working with the UAE Ministry of Labour.” The GCC – Gulf Cooperation Council – is the political and economic alliance of six Middle East countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”