"to promote and support best and safe practices in the use and maintenance of Elevating Work Platforms"

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  • 04 Sep 2014 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    The EWPA is very pleased to advise today's release of the Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms, by Worksafe NZ.  

    The Association would like to thank those members involved with the many reviews and meetings to achieve what is our new industry document that replaces the aCoP.

    A copy of the Guidelines can be found on our website under resources, or you may obtain a copy by clicking the link below.  Hard copies will be available at the AGM in Rotorua, and will be available via Worksafe in due course.

    http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/information-guidance/all-guidance-items/mewp?searchterm=mobile+elevating


  • 24 Jun 2014 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    The EWPA have recently published a webpage that is designed to share information & provide advice and answers to commonly asked questions relating to the implementation and use of logbooks.  If you cannot find what you are looking for then please send your query to the Association at info@ewpa.org.nz

    Check the webpage out at - www.ewpa.org.nz/LogbookFAQ


  • 27 May 2014 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    Over recent years, the EWPA (Elevating Work Platform Association of New Zealand Inc.) has worked alongside various industry stakeholders including Worksafe NZ to develop a Best Practice Guide for the safe use and operation of EWP that will supersede the EWP Code of Practice 1997 (Blue book).

    Both documents reference various standards, in this case we refer to AS2550:10 that describes safe use of EWP's and provides guidance on maintenance of EWP's.

    The use of logbooks are recommended within this Best Practice Guide. The Best Practice Guide describes the use of logbooks as a means of providing information to assist operators with daily checks and a means of record keeping for routine maintenance checks and recording of faults.

    Logbooks are by no means the only way to record and provide this information,however they do simplify the process, are easy to use and will over time become the industry standard.

    This initiative will assist owners and operators with compliance to AS2550:10, and will provide educational and operational consistencies nationwide. Logbooks have been used in the Australian Access Industry since 1994.

    It is important to note:

    • §  The Best Practice Guide for the Safe Use of EWP’s has not yet been released, however, the EWPA expects this to happen within the next 3 months.

    • §  Logbooks and waterproof pouches are not yet available in New Zealand. Stocks arrive late June. Pre-orders can be made online via the EWPA, with expected delivery in July.

    The EWPA suggests that companies wishing to phase logbooks into their businesses, aim to do so within the next two months, so to coincide with the inevitable future release of the Best Practice.  

    AS2550:10 requires that all complete ‘Owner Routine Maintenance & Safety Check’ reports, all complete ‘Annual Inspection’ reports and all complete ‘Major Inspection’ reports are retained by management and made available for examination as required.

    The EWPA reminds owners & operators of the importance of the following:

    • §  Pre-hire check sheets should accompany EWP’s sent on hire.
    • §  Staff using EWP’s must be competent to operate a EWP.
    • §  Operators must have access to daily check sheets, and complete/ sign off daily checks.
    • §  Operators must have a sound understanding of EWP they operate.


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  • 04 Nov 2013 4:47 PM | Anonymous
    In recent months there have been two incidents involving unintentional operation of upper control box joystick controllers on scissor lifts.

    In an attempt to prevent reoccurrence, End Users have been requesting that the Manufacturers Original Design be modified e.g. by fitting additional guarding.

    As a result, Owners are sometimes modifying their equipment to comply with such requests.

    The Association is concerned that such modifications have not been authorised by the equipment manufacturer; are sometimes of an ad-hoc nature and may not fully address the risk; and may introduce new hazards as a result. Click here for more info ..
  • 06 Aug 2013 2:00 PM | Anonymous
    This article below was released by the EWPA in Australia and relates to the use of harnesses in scissor lifts. This is a very good article, please read.
  • 26 Jun 2013 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking input and feedback regarding the proposed Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.

    When completed, the Guidelines will:

    * replace the outdated 1995 Approved Code of Practice for Power-operated Elevating Work Platforms, and 

    * include health and safety guidance for members of the mobile elevating work platform industry; and

    * ensure that the guidance material provided around this issue is consistent with related New Zealand documents.

    The deadline for submissions for the proposed Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms is Friday, 26th July 2013.


    EWPA Members:

    It is imperative that all stakeholders take an interest in this draft document, this will become the 'single most referenced' document by all industries involved with EWP. These guidelines could be in place for many years before they are revised or updated. We must do our best to ensure it suits industry. 

    We appreciate you are all busy people, and that only parts of the document may be of interest depending on your position within the EWP industry. All and any feedback is greatly appreciated.
      

    The Draft Document and Response Form can be accessed from the link below.
    http://www.dol.govt.nz/consultation/guidelines-mobile-EWP/index.asp

    EWPA members can send their response forms to the EWPA, or send directly to MBIE. Please complete the Response Form and return it by email to either: 

    Phil Tindle, CEO, EWPA - email: phil@ewpa.org.nz
    OR
    Jeena Murphy, Senior Advisor, MBIE - email: 
    jeena.murphy@mbie.govt.nz


    Only written feedback on the Response Form will be considered. 
    Responses are due by 5pm on Friday 26th July 2013.

  • 27 May 2013 11:47 AM | Anonymous
    Scaffolding , Access & Rigging NZ are calling for expressions of interest from stakeholders who wish to participate in a review of the Best Practice Guidelines.  All nominations received will be considered for a position on the review committee.

    They are also calling for submissions for changes to the Best Practice Guide.

    Further details or enquiry:

    Scaffolding , Access & Rigging NZ 
    P O Box 31067
    Lower Hutt 5040

    Ph: 04 5898081
    email: info@bsc.org.nz

  • 04 Apr 2013 10:29 AM | Anonymous
    The EWPA are very pleased to advocate the new "working safely at height toolkit" which has been released by the MBIE.  This great resource has been loaded into the resources area and can be viewed or downloaded anytime.  Please familiarise yourself with these factsheets, as they will be a valuable tool for you, your staff, your businesses and your customers.  Check them out here
  • 07 Jan 2013 5:50 PM | Anonymous
    On 3 December 2012 Opportunity ITO merged with The Skills Organisation (formerly ETITO) a multi-industry ITO. The crane, scaffolding rigging, industrial rope access, and elevating work platform industries became part of the Specialist Trades division of the organisation.

    Throughout the process the Opportunity Board was focussed on ensuring any merger would provide opportunities to enhance training quality and service levels for the industries, along with ..... read more ..... click here
  • 12 Nov 2012 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    In May of 2012, whilst attending the HRIA Convention in Australia I was approached by Phil Tindle and Tim Mikkelsen representing HIANZ (Hire Industry Association of New Zealand) with a proposal for EWPANZ and HIANZ to share their administrative functions and management.

    The idea of this was to have a common administrative and management body but leave the two associations to run separately. I felt this idea had great potential for the growth and efficiencies of the EWPANZ especially with the administrative side of things which is an area that we have struggled at times. 

    I have observed numerous times, the success of HRIA (Hire and Rental Industry Association) and EWPA Australia working side by side in a similar way. In fact, at the recent HRIA convention they shared a stand together at the trade show. Together they have a very strong and highly organised presence in the Australian market. To be able to push EWPANZ to a level such as this could only be beneficial for our organization and industry.

    It was agreed that Phil would present this idea to the EWPANZ at the 2012 AGM in A

    uckland.  The proposal was met with great positivity and enthusiasm and it was therefore decided that a Memorandum of Understanding would be created and actioned for the go forward.

    Since the AGM that Memorandum has been generated and signed. Phil Tindle has now assumed the role of Chief Executive for the Elevating Work Platform Association of New Zealand (Inc.) and will be handling all functions and responsibilities associated with this role. Phil has a proven track record as the General Manager of HIANZ which has gone from strength to strength since he took over. I am excited and look forward to working with him as we strive to grow and expand the EWPANZ.

    Lastly, I would like to thank and acknowledge all the people who have given their precious time and efforts over the years ensuring the association has grown to the point it is at now. I look forward to your continued support as we prepare to take things to a whole new level.

    Sincerely,

    Clint Norgrove | PRESIDENT
    Elevating Work Platform Association of New Zealand (Inc.) 


     

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