Does Your Elevating Work Platform Operator Have A Yellow Card
Formed in 1987 and re-established in 1998, the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia (EWPAA) aims to deliver vital support services and adequate co-ordination to facilitate the growth of the EWP industry. At a time when there were no specific operator training programs and no uniform standards of safety, service and ethics of conduct for the industry, the EWPA stepped in and introduced the “Yellow Card”. The Yellow Card is a nationally recognised operator training program and ensures that the holder has been trained in the safe use and operation of various types of elevated work platforms. In 2008, the EWPA issued its 100,000th Yellow Card.
New Standards Effective from 14 June 2013 Affects How Operators Need To Be Trained.
In 2011, the Legislative Assembly passed a new Work Health and Safety Act 2011, effective from 14 June 2013. Consistent with the changes in legislation, the EWPA launched a new Yellow Card and training program. Operators who successfully complete the nationally recognised training program will be issued an EWP Operator License and be required to undertake an online refresher course 5 years from the date of issue. Furthermore, applications to become an Accredited Trainer with the EWPA, trainers are required to go through a “Train the Trainer” course with an EWPA facilitator. For those who have not completed the course, their training will not be recognised by the EWPA.
Symmetry Commercial spoke with Craig Barr, Managing Director of Quick Access Rental & Training on his thoughts of the new change.
SC: Hi Craig! Firstly, what would you say is the main aim of this new Yellow Card training guideline?
Craig: Well, the main aim is to bring a training program in line with the national legislation and training requirements, resulting in an improvement in the quality of training. It was basically to make sure that the states have a national training guideline that is also industry approved, as previously there were standards set in place that was done by the government without having consulted the industry.
SC: What do you think are the main points of difference between the new yellow card guidelines and the old?
Craig: There are now more questions asked in the training program and the delivery of training now includes the use of audio visual and graphical demonstrations. There is a lot more usage of technology which also shows how the industry has evolved. This is the third stage Yellow Card training guideline with the first having been launched in 1987. We now do administration online without paper and people are trained at our facilities where we are able to control the quality and delivery of the training. Another point of difference would be that the Yellow Card ID is now a photo ID, so clients can be assured that the labour provided is top notch, and recognise that they have received the staff who are adequately trained.
SC: Do you have any personal thoughts on the issue you would like to share?
Craig: It is a great improvement to be able to make the workplace safer and deliver quality staff. I also find it great that we are able to provide up to date training with technology, eliminating paperwork and conduct training in controlled environments.
SC: Thanks for your time, you've offered us a lot of insight into the industry.
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