IPAF's North American Convention is this week

By Euan Youdale16 September 2014

Ontario Ministry of Labor director Cordelia Clarke Julien will speak at the IPAF North American Convention, set for Oct. 1-2 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In her capacity as director, training and safety programs, prevention office, she will discuss what all responsible parties – employers, supervisors and workers – can do to make the workplace safer and prevent illness and injury.

Brad Boehler, Skyjack president, will examine the impact of proposed changes to the design standard for aerial work platforms. He will explore ANSI A92.20 and its potential impact on requirements for load sensing, increased stability, increased wind rating and control box changes.

Other speakers in the line-up include Kevin O’Shea, Hydro Mobile, who will give a presentation on buying used mast climbing work platform (MCWP) equipment and Bill Doucette, NES Rentals vice-president for human resources, will provide an overview of how rules are a key aspect of building the foundation for a safety culture.

There will be breakout sessions on AWPs and MCWPs, and a panel discussion on the subject of whether additional training should be required for complex machines.

The convention is sponsored by Skyjack (diamond sponsor), ReachMaster (memory stick sponsor), Genie (gold sponsor), NES Rentals (gold sponsor) and Hydro Mobile (silver sponsor).

It will take place at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. A tour of the Skyjack facility will be held on the afternoon of October 1, followed by a networking event in the evening.

The full program is below:

Thursday, October 2

7:30am – 8:30am Registration, continental breakfast and sponsor table-tops

8:30am – 8:45am Welcome: Teresa Kee, IPAF North American Regional Council (NARC) Chair

8:45am – 9:30am Brad Boehler, President, Skyjack - Impact of the design standard change
Aerial work platform manufacturers work with standards bodies and health and safety organizations so that their products are in accordance with regulatory requirements. The next two or three years will see some changes in those standards around the world, not least in North America. Those changes will have an impact on manufacturers, but more importantly, rental companies, owners and operators. The changes mean that machines will be both physically and operationally different. Brad Boehler, President of Skyjack, will explore some of the “heritage” of ANSI A92.20 and the impact this may have in the North American market – specifically the requirements for load sensing, increased stability, increased wind rating and control box changes. He will highlight that cost may be only one factor that operators will be faced with as the use of extension decks, accessories and increased machine weight are discussed.

9:30am – 9:45am Rick Church, IPAF Membership – Who is IPAF and what can we do for you?
Rick will introduce IPAF to attendees and provide a summary of benefits and activities IPAF is involved in, including industry best practices, accident reporting, PAL Cards and smart technology, standard development and technical guidance.

9:45am – 10:15am Jeanne M. Miller, LLC - Electrodiagnostic functional assessment: Soft tissue testing and diagnosis for the next millennium
Throughout the powered access industry, many working hours are lost through injuries, including common “soft tissue injuries” such as the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons. These injuries cost over $200B in the US alone and diagnosis has proved to be elusive at best. This presentation is a guide for businesses on what the nature of the problem is and how this new technology can assist your business in addressing worker compensation and liability issues arising from a soft tissue injury at work.

10:15am – 10:45am Coffee break

10:45am – 12:30pm Breakout sessions

10:45am – 11:30am Session A MCWPs: Kevin O’Shea, IPAF International MCWP Committee Chair
What IPAF offers the MCWP industry and a presentation on buying used MCWP equipment

Session A AWPs: Tony Groat, IPAF North America – CSA standard update
CSA B354.7/.8/.9 Aerial standards have been issued for public comment – what are the major proposed changes and how will they impact you and your business?

11:30am – 12:30pm Session B MCWPs: Kevin O'Shea, Hydro Mobile, CSA B354 MCWP TF leader
An update on proposed changes to CSA MCWP standards and introduction of a transport platform standard

Session B AWPs: Panel discussion – Complex machines: Is there a need for additional training?
Rental magazine editor Jenny Lescohier will moderate a panel discussion on this topic. Panelists include Tony Radke (NES Rentals and AWPT Advisory Council Chair), Ebbe Christensen (President, Reachmaster), Scott Sasser (Sales & Product Manager, Palfinger North America) and Tony Groat (IPAF North America).

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 2:15pm Cordelia Clarke Julien, Director, Training and Safety Programs, Prevention Office, Ontario Ministry of Labor
We are ALL responsible — employers, supervisors and workers — for preventing workplace illness and injury. The Ontario Ministry of Labor created the Prevention Office in 2012. Cordelia will speak to all on the activities of this office and what everyone can do to make the workplace safer.

2:15pm – 2:45pm Stephen Huzyk, Senior Director National Accounts, Quest Resource Management Group
Effective waste management in the AWP industry can mean big savings and increased efficiency for businesses. Managing your risk and cost with proper waste management is a concern of every business and part of your sustainability plan. Learn key elements of waste management that will protect your bottom line and limit your risk.

2:45pm – 3:30pm Bill Doucette, Vice-President, Human Resources, NES Rentals - Safety rules are helpful but culture is critical: understanding the change
Bill will provide an overview of how rules are an important aspect of building the foundation for a safety culture.

3:30pm – 3:45pm Tim Whiteman, IPAF CEO & Managing Director - Closing comments

Friday, October 3

8:00am – noon AWPs for Managers training course, convention hotel
This course provides essential information that every business owner or supervisor of AWP operators must know. This classroom theory training session provides details on all aspects of safe-use and concludes with a written test for candidates who will receive a certificate of completion when they successfully pass the test.
More information about AWPs for Managers

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