MEWP Operator Training
If you are getting your staff trained it is important to know which type of training is best for you. If you contracted to, or wish to work for a major construction or industrial companies then Competency Training will be your best option.
Since the release of the Best Practice Guidelines for MEWP in August 2014, Pro Services has fielded numerous inquiries regarding EWP Operator Training, most questions relate to what the requirements are for such training. The short answer to this question is that the Health & Safety Act informs you that you must train your staff on the equipment they are using. So, even though licensing is not mandatory in New Zealand, machinery operator training most certainly is.
The Best Practice Guidelines, section 6 of the guidelines state the following;
- The MEWP operator training should cover at least:
- Legal requirements
- Hazard management – identifying, assessing and controlling hazards
- Equipment and safety features
- Prestart (pre-operational) inspection
- Use of logbooks
- Control facilities and positions
- Limits of the machine – rated capacity, wind rating – and machine weight
- Working near overhead power lines
- Using a harness
- Refuelling tools and battery charging
- Reporting problems and incidents
- Emergency retrieval systems
- Emergency rescue plan.
- Effective hazard and risk assessment in their operating location.