The new standard ISO 21455:2020 has been published this April and culminates a decade of work from IPAF, its members and the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to standardise controls

Mark Keily, Nationwide Platfoms and Loxam PAD & HSE Director said “This is great news for the industry and a result of significant collaboration between regulators, manufacturers, IPAF and its members, including ourselves.

We first called for standardisation of controls over 10 years ago when our incident analysis began to show there was a potential risk of trained operators making a mistake when moving from one make of machine to another. It may sound simple to solve, but determining the best way for any particular control to function is anything but simple and has involved wide ranging engagement with all the key stakeholders to ensure what we now have is in fact the best solution possible.

Nationwide Platforms played a part in the research project when we invited over 300 delegates at our annual working at height event to take part in the study run by IPAF. The new standard will not see an immediate change in the machines controls operators find on sites, but it will gradually come as OEM’s update their designs and hire companies and owners refresh their fleets."

For more information visit IPAF's website.

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