IPAF will launch Singapore’s first industry-led safety campaign for mobile elevating work platforms at Raffles Country Club on Dec. 19, at 5 p.m.

The industry-led MEWP safety campaign, supported by the Ministry of Manpower and the Workplace Safety and Health Council, rides on the success of IPAF’s worldwide initiatives, such as the Clunk Click campaign, which calls for users of boom-type platforms to wear a full body harness with a short restraint lanyard attached to a suitable anchor point. Reference can be made to IPAF technical guidance H1, available at the Publications section of www.ipaf.org.

“Despite active publicity, there are still people out there who do not put on a harness in a boom-type platform and who risk being catapulted out in the event of an accident,” said Raymond Wat, regional manager, IPAF South East Asia. “IPAF and its members are committed to bring this awareness to all users.”

IPAF is also distributing “Are you trained?” stickers, which highlight the need for training when operating any type of MEWP. In Singapore, all MEWP operators are required to be trained by MOM-Accredited Training Providers. Several IPAF-approved training centers in Singapore are also MOM ATPs.

The IPAF training program for MEWP operators was developed by leading industry professionals and is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training. More than 100,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of more than 550 training centers. Successful trainees receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.

IPAF members will paste safety stickers on their machines and IPAF staff will be available to provide free talks on MEWP safety to companies during their toolbox meetings or safety weeks.

The following IPAF-approved training centers in Singapore have MOM ATP accreditation:

IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide.