MEWP Supervisor’s Responsibilities
Touchback Safety has been a leader in the Aerial Work Platforms since 1999, we have seen the changes from having separate training for the Basic AWP (under 80) and the Over 80 to the combined Elevated Work platforms that includes all EWP’s. When this change occurred, we combined our 2 programs to include all components of every type of EWP, without omitting any information that could affect the operators safety.
We were successful in getting all the information in a one-day program, and having our program highly recognized.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has updated their standards significantly when it comes to MEWP’s responsibilities to the owners and operator of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP).
It can be hard for Operators to keep up with the new changes and they are required to be trained every 3 years according to our industry standards, so imagine how hard it is for the Owners/Supervisors to know and understand the legal responsibilities of the MEWP when they are not required to be trained on an MEWP. ANSI implemented mandatory training for Supervisors for MEWP’s, and even though CSA has not made this training mandatory, it just makes sense for a supervisor to understand what is required when working with an MEWP.
Most employers are unaware of the new changes to the MEWP standards, and they also don’t realize that the CSA(ISO) standard requires Operator’s to have a designated certificate.
What does this mean?
In order to have an Operators certificate, the operator must complete a practical on the specific Group and Type of MEWP that the Operator is required to operate.
For Example the Boom Lift is now classified as a Group B Type 3, the Scissor Lift is a Group A, Type 3. Without having this designation on the Operators ticket then the operator is not certified to operate the MEWP.
Another factor that employers may not be aware of is that the ticket is only valid when an employer has completed a familiarization with the operator on the specific type of Equipment.
What does that mean?
It means that even though the operator has received a ticket from a training provider, doesn’t mean it is valid. I becomes valid when a Competent Supervisor (known as an Examiner) has completed a familiarization with the operator for every different MEWP that the operator intends to operate, there must be documentation for each familairization. For example, the examiner originally completed a familiarization on a Z30/20, but then the operator is now required to operate a JLG1200 for a new task, the employer must have the examiner complete and document a familiarization for that new piece of equipment.
When you take Touchback Safety’s MEWP operators course, we will complete practical’s on a Boom Lift and Scissor Lift and designate the certificate accordingly at no additional cost.
For onsite training, you will be required to provide all Group’s and Types of MEWP that you would like to have your certificate designated for.
As a leader in the MEWP industry, Touchback has developed a MEWP Supervisor Responsibilities course for Free. Touchback believes that this service is much needed for the Owners/Supervisors of MEWP’s and we would like to continue to lead by example and offer this service as a courtesy.
We have sectioned off the program with the following information:
- Section 1: Alberta OHS legislation
- Section 2: CSA/ISO Standards
- Section 3: Knowing your Workers Responsibilities
- Section 4: Groups and Types of MEWP’s
- Section 5: Facts (incidents, OHS Fines and Penalties)