The Abu Dhabi Qual­ity and Con­for­mity Coun­cil (QCC), the en­tity re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing the qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture in Abu Dhabi, has launched a spe­cial pro­gramme to qual­ify in­spec­tors of mo­bile el­e­vat­ing work plat­forms (MEWPS). The pro­gramme is be­ing for­mu­lated for the first time at an in­ter­na­tional level in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Pow­ered Ac­cess Fed­er­a­tion (IPAF), and more than 60 in­spec­tors from the pri­vate sec­tor in Dubai are par­tic­i­pat­ing in or­der to eval­u­ate their ef­fi­ciency on in­spect­ing four dif­fer­ent type of MEWPS.

The launch of the pro­gramme is a part of the

'2018 pro­fi­ciency test­ing pro­grammes plan', which was an­nounced by the QCC at the be­gin­ning of the year. It in­cludes 32 pro­grammes cov­er­ing 187 med­i­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal, con­struc­tion, soil and in­spec­tion tests, aim­ing at im­prov­ing the level of test­ing and in­spec­tion in

Abu Dhabi in ac­cor­dance with the best pro­grammes, sci­en­tific method­olo­gies, and mod­ern tech­niques adopted in­ter­na­tion­ally in the field of qual­ity and stan­dards.

Sul­tan Saeed Al Me­hairi, di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion ser­vice and en­gage­ment, QCC, said: “The pro­fi­ciency test­ing pro­gramme is aimed at rais­ing the level of in­spec­tion in Abu Dhabi to the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. The QCC is keen to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of qual­ity and safety stan­dards and reg­u­la­tions in Abu Dhabi and con­trib­ute to the en­hance­ment of the qual­ity and safety of the de­vices, tech­niques and equip­ment used in var­i­ous busi­ness sec­tors, in­clud­ing lift­ing equip­ment. This equip­ment is de­signed to al­low peo­ple to work safely and ef­fi­ciently, while main­tain­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity, in high places. It also pro­vides an ideal al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional ac­cess equip­ment such as lad­ders and scaf­fold­ing.”

Ja­son Woods, Mid­dle East & In­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive of IPAF, said: “Our goal is to un­der­stand the knowl­edge of the in­spec­tor when car­ry­ing out the an­nual or bi-an­nual in­spec­tions on MEWPS. Through­out the Mid­dle East, IPAF sup­port and de­vel­op­ment is of­fered to all in­dus­trial sec­tors fo­cus­ing on min­imis­ing ac­ci­dents and in­ci­dents whilst work­ing at height. We are very en­cour­aged that QCC has taken the lead in the Mid­dle East run­ning such a pro­gram of assess­ment, this can only strengthen the stan­dard of engi­neers we have in the field. In 2017, IPAF Op­er­a­tor Train­ing (ISO188/78) saw over 5,000 op­er­a­tors trained in the Mid­dle East through our net­work of ap­proved train­ing providers.”

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