The latest audits confirm the International Powered Access Federation continues to meet all requirements for complying with ISO 18878 and ISO 9001 standards governing mobile elevating work platforms – operator (driver) training. IPAF fulfilled all the requirements and no non-conformities were found. The audit was performed by TÜV in early August at the IPAF headquarters in the U.K.
The audit report highlighted positive aspects such as IPAF’s continued development of the training program, operations manual and instructors through involvement and feedback with technical committees, manufacturers, associations and members; IPAF’s communication system with them; its strong surveillance system; clear customer focus with full compliance to applicable regulations; and team approach to improvements involving training centers and customers.
A separate audit performed by ISOQAR in mid-August confirmed that IPAF also continues to comply with ISO 9001 quality management systems. The scope of this audit covered the provision of support, assistance and general guidance to IPAF members and the powered access industry as a whole, and the management and administration of the IPAF training programs for MEWPs and mast climbing work platforms.
“IPAF’s system continues to be very well upheld and monitored and effectively so,” said lead auditor David Willcocks in the audit report.