Romanian rental company embraces IPAF

By Maria Hadlow10 February 2012

Stefan Ponea, founder and CEO of Industrial Access in Romania.

Stefan Ponea, founder and CEO of Industrial Access in Romania.

Bringing IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) principles to Romania and the Balkans, Industrial Access Romania's technical manager, Petrisor Vasilescu and Stefan Ponea, chief executive officer and managing partner have achieved their certification for operator and demonstrator of platforms in the 1b and 3a and b classes.

Mr Vasilescu and Mr Ponea have become the first professionals in the aerial equipment industry in Romania to hold these certifications.

Industrial Access said it now holds all the necessary evaluations needed to become a recommended partner for the provision of IPAF training and certification services at the same level of the other 450 training centres available worldwide: the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 (since 2005), the Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHSAS 18001 (since 2009).

The Environmental Management System in conformity with ISO 14001:2004 is currently being implemented.

Mr Ponea said, "I have been doing on site research on specialised centres in Western Europe and our evaluation shows that we are at least on the same level and in certain cases even surpassing them, from the point of view of the applied safety level and of the implemented protection system, in full compliance to the European legislation in force.".

Industrial Access has a nationwide coverage in Romania, with 8 deposits (sales and service personnel) and 3 subsidiaries in Serbia, Moldova and Bulgaria. This year Industrial Access says it is focusing on extending into the Balkans, the company has a target of a 30% market share in the Balkans by end of 2012.

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