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2/8/2010 - SIA Aerial Work Platform Council News Brief
Contact: Laurie Weber, Executive Director
Scaffold Industry Association
laurie@scaffold.org (816) 595-4860
 
SCAFFOLD INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION JOINS INDUSTRY-WIDE INITIATIVE TO CREATE FIRST-EVER AWP EQUIPMENT DOCUMENT ON GENERAL TRAINING AND FAMILIARIZATION

SIA Aerial Work Platform Council News Brief:
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The American Rental Association (ARA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) have joined forces for a first-of-its-kind industry initiative to develop an educational document to clarify what is required for general training and model-specific familiarization of aerial work platform (AWP) equipment.
The result of this joint initiative is the Statement of Best Practices of General Training and Familiarization for Aerial Work Platform Equipment, the first such document that is applicable for use by everyone in the industry. The content addresses:
·        Educating individuals on the industry-recognized-and-supported standards, including the American National Standards Institute/Scaffold Industry Association (ANSI/SIA) A92 Standards and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
·        Presenting best practices and minimum general training guidelines for AWP operators.
·        Emphasizing the differences between general training and familiarization to all parties responsible.
·        Clarifying minimum qualifications of the trainer.
The purpose of this joint initiative is to increase the safe use of AWP equipment and expand risk management knowledge for use of these machines throughout the country.
About the SIA
The Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SIA represents all facets of the scaffold and access industry through various councils including aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, supported scaffold and
suspended scaffold. Through various programs, the SIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, ASC A92
standards. For more information, call (816) 595-4860 or go online at www.scaffold.org.
 
About the Contributing Organizations
American Rental Association (ARA) is the international trade association for the equipment rental industry, including rental businesses and suppliers to the industry. ARA provides educational, insurance/risk management, business management and marketing resources, networking opportunities, industry research along with legislative and regulatory advocacy for its members.
Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental and support of equipment used in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications. AED enhances the ongoing success and profitability of its member companies and related constituencies through public policy advocacy, industry education, training and career development, networking opportunities, as well as research and performance benchmarks.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry and its members’ manufacturing equipment, products and services used worldwide in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors.
International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the specialist international trade association representing rental companies, manufacturers and the end users of every type of aerial work platform. IPAF provides training programs, lobbying, market research, business advice and other resources to members and non-members as part of its worldwide mission to “promote the safe and effective use of powered access.”
 
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