The primary objective of the Association is to “promote within the elevating work platform industry best and safest practice in the use and maintenance of elevating work platforms”. We fulfill this objective by advocating high and consistent standards of EWP-related training, and of EWP maintenance and certification. Specific initiatives have included:
The Association has encouraged and endorsed the development of unit-standard based, quality assured EWP Operator courses by independent trainers. Such NZQA accredited operator training is now widely available.
Maintenance & Inspection
We have collaborated with OSH, ACC and others in the industry to define competence for EWP maintenance in a framework administered by the Certification Board for Inspection Personnel
(CBIP) and similar that implemented for cranes through the PECPER Regulations. To achieve compliance and assure their insurance coverage, end users should only use EWP safety certified by a CBIP inspector.
In the future we intend to define a maintenance accreditation regime integrating the requirements set out in the existing Code of Practice with systems paralleling those defined in the PECPER Regulations. Subsequently we intend to establish as the de facto best practice standard that EWP certification be performed only by competent persons, employed by accredited bodies.
Best Practice Definition