Changes will come in effect in Jan 2021.

MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

CSA (ISO) has updated and changed standards regarding Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP) also known as EWP/AWP- Scissor-lift/ Boom-lift/ Personnel Lift / Genie / JLG training etc.

The CSA (ISO) new standards that affect our clients directly are:

CAN/CSA-B354.8:17 Mobile elevating work platforms — Operator (driver) training (ISO 18878:2013, MOD)

CAN/CSA-B354.7:17 Mobile elevating work platforms — Safety principles, inspection, maintenance and operation (ISO 18893:2014, MOD)

Touchback Safety has updated our OH&S Compliant MEWP program to meet the new CSA standards of Primary Training (CSA B354.8:17 -6.1) and Practical Evaluation (CSA B354.8:17 -6.3)


Know which course you require: If you work on an Oil Sands Site or are affiliated with a Union then you are required to have ESC certifications, always double check with your worksite / employer for their requirements.

OHS Compliant MEWP

offered at our facility can offer Group A & B Type 3 (scissor lifts and boom lifts). To ensure we have enough time, we ask that you notify us at time of booking which certifications you require. If booking online, use the comment section to confirm which type of MEWP you require (boom or scissor lifts)
Valid Fall Protection certificate is a prerequisite

Cost for OHS Compliant MEWP is $190.00
*This includes both practicals (Boom & Scissor)

For onsite OHS Compliant MEWP courses we can offer any group or type, but you must provide the type of MEWP(s) you require certification for. (minimum of 5 required, cost is the same if in Edmonton area)

Recertification course is available for the MEWP program – Must have a Touchback MEWP certificate and cannot be expired. (length of course is 2-3 hours)

Blended Learning course will be available in 2021- Theory portion is completed online, once you have completed that portion, you will schedule an appointment to write an exam and complete the practical components.

ESC MEWP program

only covers Group B – Type 3 (Boom Lift),


If you require Group A – Type 3 (Scissor Lift) certification then you will be required to register for the Touchback add on practical ($50.00), you may be scheduled to come another day (Add on may take 1-2 hours)
Cost for ESC MEWP course $190.00(Boom Lift Practical only)

*IMPORTANT : Must have an OSSA/ESC Fall Protection certificate to register for this course. (BTATS or any other certificate cannot be accepted)
If you register and do not have the proper Fall Protection certificate, then you will not be able to attend the course and a portion of the fee will not be refunded.


Group A – centre of the work platform remains within the perimeter of the chassis at all times
Scissor lifts – Vertical lifts

Group B – Center of the work platform can be positioned beyond the chassis
Boom lifts

Each Group is further broken down into types

Type 1– Can travel only in the stowed position and must be moved manually.
Example: Personnel / Push around lifts

Type 2 – Can travel elevated but is controlled from a point of the chassis
Example: Under-bridge inspection machine

Type 3 – Have controls on the work platform and can be driven elevated
Example: Booms / Scissors

These new standards affect all users, owners, operators, and supervisors. The new standards now place more responsibility on the MEWP user/owner. OH&S regulations require supervisors to be competent in their ability to supervise workers using MEWP’s. NEW CSA standards are not requiring supervisors to be trained (this is a new ANSI standard), however they require an **examiner to complete *familiarization and competency with the worker.
Once the worker (operator) has completed their training they will be required to complete a Familiarization and competency check with their employer’s designated examiner for each specific make and model of MEWP that falls under the classification their certificate indicates.

Feel free to use our Sample forms or for reference to create your own with the provided links below.

Group A – Type 3 (Scissor Lift)
Group B – Type 3 (Boom Lift)

*CSA B354.8:17 -6.2 – Familiarization

Before being authorized to operate a make/model of MEWP the operator shall receive familiarization by a qualified person in:

  1. Location of manual
  2. The manufactures specific warnings and instructions
  3. The specific control functions
  4. Function of each specific safety feature
  5. Operating characteristics
  6. The verification of annual inspection

**CSA B354.8.:17 (7.3) Examiner- The MEWP examiner shall be a qualified person to provide familiarization (See Clause6.2) and practical evaluation (see clause 6.3). An examiner is not required to be a qualified person to deliver operator theory.

Examiner’s knowledge and experience shall include, at a minimum, the following:

  1. Experience as a qualified MEWP operator in the classifications for which they offer evaluations;
  2. Knowledge of the practical evaluation process;
  3. The ability to demonstrate and evaluate trainees on a pre start inspections;
  4. Knowledge on risk assessments and workplace inspections; and
  5. Knowledge of the safe use requirements defined in CSA-B357.7

Occupant Training (CSA B354.8:17 6.5) The MEWP operator shall provide instructions and ensure that the occupants have a basic level of knowledge to work safely on the MEWP

The occupant instruction shall include, as a minimum, the following:

  1. Use fall protection and use of anchorage
  2. Factors affecting stability
  3. Safe use of accessories
  4. Site specific work procedures for use of the MEWP
  5. Avoidance of hazards as to the risk assessment
  6. General knowledge of purpose and functions (controls, features, and devices including emergency shutdown and lowering procedures to bring the MEWP down to the ground or stowed position.)
  7. The manufactures warnings related to work activity
  8. Location of the operator’s manual

Training / Retraining (CSA B354.8:17 7.4)

The operator shall be trained or retrained as necessary to keep the level of proficiency at an acceptable level.

Biggest question we are being asked: Do our current operators need to be retrained? – This depends on their previous training, and how often they operate the equipment. Touchback Safety courses have always included Manufacturer requirements, OH&S regulations and ANSI, which include most of these new standards.

Examples of situations when retraining is necessary include, but not limited to:

  • expiration of valid training
  • deterioration of proficiency
  • following an accident or near miss while operating or using a MEWP
  • a condition on the workplace changed in a manner that could affect he safe operation of the MEWP
  • new MEWP technologies and working methods.

Additional info for all MEWP users:

  • All MEWP users must develop a risk assessment and site safety plan
  • There must be someone on the ground who can act as an operator in the event of an unexpected malfunction or emergency.
  • Maintenance personnel must be trained on any new features, such as tilt sensor, wind speed sensor, and load limit alarm. Attendance personnel must conduct annual inspections as well conducting an inspection on MEWP’s that have been out of service for more than 3 months.
  • New Aerial lifts will be required to have sensors that sound an alarm and prevent the machine from operating when the safe load limit is exceeded, must also include a tilt sensor that triggers an alarm and prevents movement of the chassis or work platform when a certain level of slope is exceeded.
  • Chains to close off entrances to the work platform will no longer be permitted; MEWPS will have to have a gate, complete with toe guards

Register online for our training programs.