This half day IPAF course is for the users of machines which are pushed into position and only travel in the vertical plane.
Half Day Course
COURSE ENTRY CRITERIA
As the assembly and use of MEWPs can be physically demanding, users should be physically fit and in good health and should, generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights/vertigo, giddiness/difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.
If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, or have any doubts about your fitness to use MEWPs, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using MEWPs, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures to take account of any difficulties you may have.
To instruct an operator to prepare and safely operate various types of Push Around Vertical Platforms and to obtain an IPAF MEWP Operator’s Licence.
At the end of the course the operator will:
Be aware of the relevant Health and Safety regulations.
Be aware of the need to wear personnel protection (PPE).
Be aware of the need to refer to the machine Operating Manual.
The operator should know:
The pre-use checks and daily maintenance to be carried out prior to commencing work.
The correct and safe method of operating the specific machine.
The correct emergency procedures, capacities and limitations to enable safe operation.
THE PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS
Facilities, PAL Card overview and Pre-course theory test.
LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE
ISO 18878, European, HSWA, PUWER, LOLER, WAHR & RIDDOR.
Thorough examinations, Familiarisation, Pre-Use Inspection, Identify Safety Items & Controls, Defects & Emergency descent.
SAFE OPERATING METHODS & HAZARDS
Do’s and Don’ts.
Individual written test with explanation of pass requirements. Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
Introduction to the Actual Machine – Walk around and familiarisation.
Major components – Identification of each component and its function.
Pre-use Checks and Inspection – Carry out all the required checks/inspections on the following items: Tyres, main frame, fluid levels, hoses, electrical cables, cage, brakes, lights, travel, controls, (lower/upper), pins/retaining bolts and decals any additional points from the machine operations manual.
Starting/Stopping the Machine – Correct starting and shut down procedures.
Pre-Use Function Checks – Fully function the machine and carry out full emergency lowering procedure.
Planning the Route – Gradients, access, overhead obstructions and ground conditions.
Travelling the Route and Manoeuvring the Machine (where applicable) – Ensure route clear.
Setting the Machine for Work – Practise setting up, barrier off requirements, stabiliser set-up and carry out stabiliser deployment checks.
Basic Operational Practice – Carry out operational functions at two-thirds of full working envelope so far as is reasonably practical, observe all safety practices.
Typical Work Applications – Carry out practice applications observing all safety practices.
Parking the Machine – Ensure that the machine is correctly parked, brakes applied, keys removed and clearance of all obstacles. Correct procedures: Battery checks, charging and safety precautions.
Individual verbal and practical test based on the use of the MEWP Operator Practical Test Plan with explanation of pass requirements. Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
A PAV licence can be renewed by taking the full course with theory test and practical, or by taking a re-familiarisation if in conjunction with a 1a or 3a renewal.
Course Evaluation and close.