The following extract explains the need for having a “yellow card” proof of training on various types of EWP’s. (From the Elevated Work Platform Association of Australia. (EWPA) Every State in Australia has in place an Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&S), which aims to protect the health, safety and welfare of people at work. In these Acts, it is clearly stated that there is a duty of care to ensure workplace safety. In broad terms each State OH&S Act specifically embraces the following: • Employers must provide information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of employees at work. • Manufacturers and suppliers of plant must ensure equipment is safe to use when properly used and must make available adequate information about the conditions for the safe use of the equipment manufactured or supplied. • Employees must co-operate with efforts to comply with OH&S requirements. What this means, in reality, is that there needs to be some form of proof that the operator has been trained in the safe use of an elevating work platform (EWP). Verbal instruction is not an effective method of training as it lacks proof of training evidence. The EWP Operator Training Program (or Yellow Card) is the result of the EWPA helping the industry to comply with the OH&S Act.
The EWPA (Inc.) suggests that safety harnesses are not required on scissor lifts unless a hazard assessment shows there is a risk of falling. Eg: Over-reaching. (Over-reaching is when the upper body goes beyond the handrails, and the centre of gravity moves from inside to outside the platform causing the operator to fall.) All tasks involving the use of EWP’s should be planned and hazard identification must be carried out. Manufacturers are not required to fit certified harness attachment points on scissor lifts, as per the build standard AS/NZS1418.10. This is a clear indication that providing the EWP is used and maintained as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, there is no requirement for a harness to be worn. The platform guard and hand rails are the primary source of fall protection for operators.
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