IPAF Asia Conference and Showcase 2016

8 August 2016

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On the 20th and 21st July 2016, representative from IOSH Singapore Branch attended the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) Asia Conference held at ITE College West. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation and promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide by providing sound technical advice and information, strong influence, safety initiatives, training programmes and interpretation of legislation and standards.

The conference is co-organised with Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO). Day 1 focuses on the safety and productivity of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) and Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs) while Day 2 focuses on marketing and business opportunities.

One of the keynote speakers, Alan Loux, Vice-President of Global Marketing at JLG Industries presented on the Future of MEWPs. He shared that technology is an enabler of continuous improvement and it paves the way to a more productive and efficient workplace. Innovative sensors can be integrated into the equipment to alert workers of the dangers in their surroundings. Some applications of these sensors serve to detect the presence of high voltage wirings or slow down the equipment when an object is detected in its surroundings. Being in the vanguard of technology, the potential for accident avoidance is limitless.

The Principal Specialist in Engineering Safety from Ministry of Manpower (MOM) discussed the duty of manufacturers and suppliers, occupiers, employers and users with reference to the WSH Act. She emphasized that it is an offence to by-pass or remove the safety devices installed or fitted in MEWPs and MCWPs.

Various other experienced speakers shared about maintenance of MEWPs, modern applications of MCWPs and the concerted efforts in crafting the Code of Practice for Safe Use of MEWPs expected to be released by the end of this year.

At the conference, we met members from the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM). They are the prime mover and recognised voice of the Malaysian construction industry. During the short meeting with the President of MBAM, Mr Foo Chek Lee, common goals for safety and health were shared and has graciously presented a memorabilia to our Branch Chairman, Mr. Bhupendra Singh Baliyan.

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The IPAF website offers a well of technical guidance on the safe and effective use of powered access equipment which may be useful to you. Please click the link below to browse and download:

http://www.ipaf.org/en/publications/technical-guidance-notes/