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MEWPs Training and certification
It is the employers responsibility to ensure that all MEWP operators have been adequately trained.
Although specific courses are not a strict legal requirement, there are recognised schemes available. Once the training and assessment has been successfully completed, the operator is given a training certificate or card, which clearly identifies the operator and lists the categories of MEWP they are trained to operate. This document can be updated as the operator undergoes further training on different types/sizes of MEWP. You should check the expiry date of the training certificate or card.
For trained operators who have to access areas where the risk of Entrapment is increased due to the proximity of adjacent or Overhead structures, the employer should check whether the operator’s training is sufficient or whether additional training is required. The additional training is designed to make operators more aware of how to operate MEWPs in these higher risk environments and reduce the risk of entrapment.
Operators using material Handling Attachments should have received additional training in accordance with the attachment manufacturer’s recommendations.
Operators and any other person being lifted by the MEWP will need instruction in the correct fitting and use of the harness, lanyard, rescue equipment and the procedures for periodic inspection, maintenance and storage of fall protection PPE (especially textile equipment). For further information refer to: Inspecting fall arrest equipment made from webbing or rope (INDG367).
Depending on the activity being undertaken you may also require a competent person to supervise the MEWP operations on site. Again, although specific courses are not a strict legal requirement, there are recognised training courses for those who Manage MEWP operations.
Acknowledgement: The information shown above is adopted from HSE General Information Sheet No 6 (GEIS6) Crown Copyright © 2014
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