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What is Involved in An IPAF MEWPs for Managers Course?


Interested in a MEWP for Managers course? It’s one of the most popular we offer here at Harrington Safety, and we have helped a large number of delegates to success. Here’s who the course is for, and what you can expect from it.


What is a MEWP?

First things first, what is a MEWP? It’s actually a generic term that stands for Mobile Elevating Work Platform. This could be anything from a cherry picker to a scissor lift, or whatever you use in your workplace. Using these requires the right skill and training – not just from those operating them, but those managing them as well.


Why is the course required?

It is a legal requirement for an employer to provide adequate training for those who plan, supervise or manage work at height, along with the use of any associated equipment.

  1. Are you aware of your legal obligations as a manager?
  2. Have you selected the most appropriate machine for this particular job?
  3. Who is operating MEWPs on your site? Are they familiar with them and fully trained?
  4. Have you considered all potential hazards and taken measures to prevent them?

An IPAF MEWPs for Managers course will allow you to say yes to all of the above questions.


Who is the course for?

So who is a MEWPs for Managers course for? It’s suitable for the following:

  • Employers
  • Project managers
  • Foremen
  • Supervisors

They can be working in these roles in a number of industries, including the construction, facilities management, retail, airports, and arboriculture sectors. To put it simply, this course is suitable for anyone who has to plan and oversee the use of MEWPs in their place of work.


What does the course involve?

If you are a company that uses MEWPs, you need to know what your management and legal responsibilities are. You also need to know how to manage MEWPs safely – which this course covers in detail. You’ll learn how to manage MEWPs safely in accordance with BS8460 which is the British standard for the safe use of MEWPs, from planning the job and carrying out a risk assessment all the way through to choosing the most cost-effective equipment and reducing all potential risks. Let’s look at those in more detail:


Planning the job:

A large amount of accidents at work happen because of poor planning, not operator error. Learning how to plan a job from start to finish will help you to map out a safe course of action for everyone involved.


Conducting a risk assessment:

Identifying what hazards are currently present or may appear will give you a much better idea of what direction to take, and what you will need to carry out to keep MEWP operators safe.


Selecting the right equipment:

Making sure that you have the right equipment for the job will not only lead to a better outcome within a desired time frame, but it will also ensure that everyone is kept safe.


Mitigating all possible risks:

Reducing all risks, where possible, will allow you to keep your team safe. From making sure everyone has access to appropriate safety equipment to larger measures, you’ll learn how to make your site safe.


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Very well structured, managed and informative course provided by both professional and personable staff. The theory and practical tuition that I received put me in good stead to go straight in and operate a 10 ton cherry picker safely and with confidence, both essential factors when using such equipment. I would recommend Harrington Safety Ltd to anyone needing not just to get qualified, but to also feel comfortable operating MEWP systems for their trade.


Harrington safety will be my number one go to for any courses I need to do. I completed my IPAF 3A and 3B and passed 1st time. They let you do the eLearning at home that helps me because of my current position at work. Thank you Paul for a smooth and clear instruction of both the boom and scissor vehicles and Charlie for getting onto IPAF to get my online card quicker, will definitely recommend.


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