IPAF awarded for training aids
By Maria Hadlow30 November 2010
IPAF (the International Powered Access Federation) has won two awards for a safety video and a training kit that it produced with the aim of promoting best practice in the use of powered access equipment.
IPAF's "Spot the mistake" video won the first prize as the best media in the DVD/CD category in a "Health and Safety at Work" information media contest held by the Italian health and safety authorities.
The contest called "Inform@zione" is organised every two years by the Italian national social insurance organisation INAIL, together with the regional health and safety authorities of Emilia Romagna and the municipality of Modena, during the Ambiente Lavoro convention. The jury evaluates the submitted entries based on the informational, educational and accident prevention aspects. Entries are very widespread and cover all communication and training products relating to health and safety at the workplace.
The "Spot the mistake" video was shown at the Ambiente Lavoro convention and featured in a special health and safety publication, which was distributed from the exhibition stand of the Italian safety authorities.
"Spot the mistake" is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. It can be viewed and downloaded at the Publications/Film section of www.ipaf.org
The Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Operator Training Support Kit produced by IPAF through its North American subsidiary AWPT won a LLEAP Silver Award in the category "Aftermarket Support Products and Services".
The OTS kit assists users of AWPs to develop an operator training programme that complies with regulations and standards and meets the requirements defined in the US-based industry document Statement of Best Practices of General Training and Familiarisation for Aerial Work Platform Equipment.
"This is a desperately needed product from the most reputable name in the industry," said the LLEAP judges. "Finally, a standardised training guide that will help owners and operators promote safety."
The Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Access Platforms (LLEAP) Awards are organised by Lift and Access magazine. The awards were developed to recognise products, accessories or design concepts that are considered innovative or have advanced the state of the lifting equipment industry. This year's panel of judges comprised 14 equipment rental professionals and industry consultants.
More information on the OTS kit is at www.awpt.org/ots