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The IPAF operator dual category training course is to provide anyone who supervises, manages or uses powered access with an understanding of the need for safe operational procedures, the prevention of accidents, emergency descent operations and the employees and employers responsibilities, when using cherry pickers, scissor lifts, aerial work platforms and trailer mounted booms. IPAF (The International Powered Access Federation) is the industry recognised body and authority for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPS) and powered access equipment. This includes cherry pickers, scissor lifts, push around verticals (PAVs) and or access platforms.
The IPAF boom and scissor lift training course consists of both theory and practical instruction including:
- Theoretical aspects of the operation of an access work platform
- Understanding and identification of operational hazards
- Procedure, benefits and requirements of pre-operational inspection
- Benefits and procedures of full function testing
- Identification and procedures of specific hazards on site
- Understanding the limitations of machine application
- Applying and understanding the correct starting procedure
- Identifying the proximity of all hazards including overhead
- Travelling with the machine with the platform in the correct position
- Positioning the machine correctly in relation to the task
- Levelling the machine and deploying the stabilisers
- Stowing the equipment and tools safely on the platform
- Safety harness use
- Correctly lowering and raising the platform
- Travelling and slewing correctly
- Dismounting and mounting the machine correctly
Who is it for?
Personnel who will be responsible for the safe use of powered access platforms, scissor lifts, booms and/or cherry pickers should attend the IPAF dual training course. Category 3a (Scissor Lifts only) and 3b (Boom or Cherry picker lifts only) are recommended for single use categories.
What you need
Candidates are required to bring suitable PPE with them on this course:
- Safety harness
- Hard hat
- Steel capped boots
- High visibility vest
- Safety gloves
Your skill level
No formal qualification or experience is necessary, but it would be beneficial if delegates had a basic understanding of working at height regulations and health and safety at work act 1974.
At the end of the IPAF category 3a training theory session, you will take a short theory test which, if you pass, will allow you to take the practical session in the afternoon. A practical assessment will follow, which, after successful completion will entitle you to an IPAF PAL card valid for five years.