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IPAF Smart PAL Card launched for MEWP operators

IPAF has launched a new machine-readable Smart PAL (Powered Access Licence) Card that can ensure only trained operators use mobile elevated work platforms on site.

The new Smart PAL Card looks the same as the standard PAL Card, which will continue to be issued and accepted on site.

But the Smart PAL Card will be marked by a wireless icon and has a chip containing data – such as operator name, number and categories trained in – that can be read by a card reader fitted to the machine.

The reader can be programmed to accept certain data which will allow the machine to be operated. Such data includes whether or not the cardholder (operator) is trained, to what level and in which machine categories.

It means site managers can ensure only correctly trained operators can operate MEWPs, and track who has used which machine for how long.

IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) says no additional personal contact details are contained within the card.

CEO Tim Whiteman said: “The yellow PAL Card is established as a must-have qualification on most job sites and the optional new smartcard technology will bring added benefits.

“The Smart PAL Card can be used as part of an electronic logbook of operator experience and can be linked to machine tracking systems. It brings exciting possibilities to make MEWP access safer and MEWP use more secure.”

IPAF says there are no restrictions on which smart card readers should be used for the new Smart PAL Cards, and that operators or companies can specify if they wish to be issued with a Smart PAL Card or a standard PAL Card when booking courses.

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