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21.02.2010

Best practice guide to AWP training

IPAF has teamed up with the American Rental Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Association of Equipment Distributors and Scaffold Industry Association to issue the Statement of Best Practices of General Training and Familiarization for Aerial Work Platform Equipment.
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The new guide's cover


The 20 page booklet provides a very clear and concise overview of the various responsibilities that manufacturers, equipment dealers, rental companies and end users have under ANSI standards and OSHA regulations. It points out that although ANSI standards are voluntary, they are referenced by OSHA and non compliance is likely to be seen negligent under law.

It also highlights the differences between general training and specific product familiarisation, the importance of each and what is involved. A chart very clearly lays out the requirements for each. It also clearly lays out what is qualifies an individual to be a trainer.
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A page from inside the guide


The document is available from each of the participating organisations and can be downloaded free from their websites.
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Vertikal Comment

While the cover of this document looks a little drab and uninteresting and much like a typical regulatory document, it is anything but.

The document has been drawn up by experts with solid hand on experience of Aerial lifts and it shows, it has also been laid out extremely clearly, the important pages can be read and absorbed very quickly or easily dipped into as required.

It is one of the best documents we have seen in terms of content and while it concerns training in the USA its general themes and content have relevance everywhere, even in Europe where such subjects are clearly legislated.

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