Kenyan training company Kaileys Consortium has been confirmed as the first IPAF certified training centre in the country.
The confirmation came after a six day visit by IPAF’s Jur Kamsteeg and Richard Whiting, during which four nominated instructors were trained, tested and certified, while the training centre was fully audited.
Once the instructor training had been completed and audit paperwork processed, the two stayed on to observe the first 10 trainees receive their IPAF operator instruction and assessments. The first trainees underwent a two day operator training course on 3a category machines, a further seven candidates completed the same two day course a short while later.
The first IPAF trainees included operators from Kenya’s telecommunications, brewing, titanium, grain-handling, cement, petroleum and energy industries, as well as employees of Mars Wrigley Confectionary and Kenya Airways.
Richard Whiting said: “This was a fantastic visit to accredit IPAF’s first Training Centre in Kenya. It was rewarding not only to progress the instructor training and audit process, but also to discuss work at height safety more broadly with Kaileys owner Ken Kogei and his team, along with David Ongesa of Kansai Plascon Kenya, who is also the president of the Workplace Safety Professionals Association of Kenya (WSPAK).”
Whiting also met with Andrew Muruka of the Directorate of Occupational Safety & Health Services (DOSHS), a department of Kenya’s Ministry of Labour, to discuss work at height safety, powered access operator training, recognition and acceptance of the IPAF PAL Card and partnering to create a safe use of aerial work platforms code of practice for Kenya. It was agreed at the meeting that a memorandum of understanding to this effect should be signed between IPAF and DOSHS.
Kaileys Consortium is a training consultancy, which runs a wide variety of training courses, while also offering Safety, Fire risk and environmental audits and assessments. It is based on the south side of Nairobi, and also operates in Uganda and Rwanda.