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  • 10 Sep 2016 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    The committee meeting ME-005-10 for Australian Standard 1418.10 Cranes, hoists and winches Part 10: Mobile elevating work platforms, took place on 2-3 August in Brisbane. ME-005-10 has approved the Draft Amendment to be issued for public comment. The Draft will now be processed and submitted to ME-005 for approval to issue for Public Comment. It is expected to issue the Draft for public comment in October 2016 and the EWPA will update members when this takes place.

  • 18 Nov 2015 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The EWPA are pleased to advise industry that the REVOCATION of the Approved Code of Practice for Power-Operated Elevating Work Platforms is now complete.

    The ACOP was superseded by the Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms in August 2014.

    It is important all of industry recognise this important change, and the existence of the Industry Best Practice Guidelines.  Please share this announcement when and where appropriate.

    A copy of the official notice of revocation can be viewed here.  


  • 28 Aug 2015 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its third reading at parliament yesterday. The Bill creates a new Health and Safety at Work Act, which will come into force on 4 April 2016.

    The Bill is the first significant reform of New Zealand’s health and safety laws in 20 years and addresses the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.

    The new law will be supported by regulations that are being developed in time for April 2016. 

    WorkSafe New Zealand will provide information to businesses and workers of the changes before the law comes into force.

    Until the Act comes into effect in April 2016, the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 remains in force.

    Read the Government’s press release on the Beehive website

    For more information about the new law visit WorkSafe New Zealand’s website


  • 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

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