The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has rolled out its new digital ePAL app for 26 countries, with a further 20 scheduled by the start of 2022.
Originally launched in the UK and Ireland (see: IPAF launches ePAL), access platform and mastclimber operators will now be able to download and use the app in: Bahrain, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, UAE and Zambia.
Effective 22nd November, the app will be available in: Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Uruguay. While North America, Austria, Brazil, Germany and Italy will be added by January 2022.
IPAF chief executive Peter Douglas, said: “The new app helps reduce the number of steps in processing a PAL Card, cutting needless delays and carbon emissions involved in shipping items around the globe for all IPAF training centres. We are pleased that, following a successful launch in the UK & Ireland, we’re able to extend ePAL into territories across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania. IPAF’s ePAL brings huge benefits for operators and IPAF training centres alike, and we are pleased more people around the world are now able to download the app.”
Developed in partnership with Trackunit, the ePAL app functions as a digital IPAF PAL Card, as well as including information such as a log book and safety guide. It also allows operators to receive the latest best practice tips and safety information from IPAF, as well as offer the ability for them to quickly and easily share their qualifications with site managers.
Trackunit chief executive Søren Brogaard, added: “The app is performing brilliantly and allows IPAF to communicate directly with operators, for whom it offers a digital platform to record, show and share their qualifications and operating experience. We are also using the app to encourage and make it easier to report an accident or near-miss incident through the IPAF reporting portal. My hope is we can all contribute to building a safer, digital future for operators; pushing the app out into more territories is another significant step forward.”