Guidance for second party MEWP inspectors

03 February 2009

IPAF (the International Powered Access Federation) has produced guidance for second party inspection bodies that carry out periodic, in-service inspections of MEWPs (mobile elevating work platforms). The inspections -also known as thorough examinations- are often carried out by second parties, typically in-house engineers. Gil Male, IPAF technical officer said, “This guidance should help companies demonstrate the independence, impartiality and integrity of the second parties that they employ. These are important attributes which help second party inspection bodies to demonstrate independence from competing pressures that could influence the results of the inspections/thorough examinations that they carry out.” The guidance defines the essential characteristics of a second party inspection/thorough examination system. It can be downloaded from the Publications/Technical Guidance section of In the UK, access equipment must be thoroughly examined by a competent person every six months. IPAF’s CAP Card (Competent Assessed Person) programme certifies that the holder has been independently assessed as being knowledgeable and able to carry out thorough examinations of platforms in the context of current legislation. The assessments focus on machine safety and are for experienced engineers. More information on the CAP programme is at
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