Manufacturers agree on emergency descent symbol

27 October 2008

IPAF's new emergency descent symbol.

IPAF's new emergency descent symbol.

Manufacturer members of IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) have agreed on a new symbol for use to signal the location of emergency descent controls.

"Even experienced operators sometimes have difficulty locating the emergency descent controls that every mobile elevating work platform is fitted with," said Tim Whiteman, IPAF managing director. "This new symbol is a practical visual aid and a prime example of an industry initiative to make access equipment even safer. We encourage manufacturers to fit this as standard on new equipment and rental companies to fit this decal to their existing fleets."

IPAF said the symbol should be positioned to clearly indicate the location of emergency descent controls. Manufacturers can download the artwork of the symbol from the Resources section of

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