Safety first

By Maria Hadlow13 August 2008

The powered access sector is unusual, if not unique in that it has an internationally recognised operator training and certification scheme in the shape of the Powered Access Licence (PAL) Card scheme. The scheme is administered by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), which developed the training programme with input from industry professionals. In addition, the scheme is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms - Operator (driver) training.

Qualifying for a PAL card involves operators undertaking a short training course, which includes classroom training on the safe use of powered access equipment, as well as hands-on operation. Following this and a short exam, successful operators are awarded a PAL Card that is valid for five years.

There are more than 300 IPAF-approved training centres around the world

Delivered directly to your inbox, Construction Europe Newsletter features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
More News from Construction Europe
New Eastern Europe subsidiary for Magni
Based in Warsaw, Poland the new branch will strengthen presence across the region 
Kubota opens new parts centre
€15m warehouse will stock parts for construction, agriculture, groundcare and engines
Heidelberg drops ‘Cement’ from its name
German building materials group has rebranded to highlight commitment to carbon neutrality
Mike Hayes Editor, Construction Europe Tel: +44 (0)1892 786 231 E-mail:
Simon Kelly Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 223 E-mail: