IPAF signs agreement with Turkish rental association

Erhan Acar

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and the Association of Personnel Lifting and Transmission Platform Operators (PLATFORMDER), the Turkish Rental, Manufacturer and Distributor Association of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs).

The agreement sets out the terms and conditions for the two organisations to work together to the benefit of their members and the wider powered access industry, to collaborate in improved accident reporting, to promote quality training for MEWP operators, to establish greater understanding with governments and health and safety bodies, and to assist in the development and implementation of safety standards.

The partnership will also seek to promote apprenticeships, access industry career opportunities, recruitment, and career progression, to actively support the development of the market and safety activities in Turkey, to work together on events and conference and to share best practice related to powered access industry, especially by translating IPAF’s technical guidance and safety materials into Turkish.

Romina Vanzi, IPAF’s Head of Regional Development, who helped to progress the Memorandum of Understanding, comments: “We have been working with PLATFORMDER for some time now – last year Erhan Acar from member firm Rent Rise joined us in Dubai to address the IPAF Summit, for example – so it makes sense to formalise what is already a very positive and productive relationship.”

Saruhan Günaydın, Vice President of PLATFORMDER, adds: “Through the signing of the MOU we hope to collaborate in projects and publications such as producing and promoting guidance documents and marketing initiatives to promote the safe use of MEWPs in Turkey and the wider region. We look forward to continuing to work together with IPAF to further our joint aims, in particular health & safety guidance and legislation and promoting quality training for all in our industry.”

Peter Douglas, CEO & MD of IPAF, says: “I’m pleased that IPAF has been able to formalise this relationship with PLATFORMDER. Together we hope to jointly promote safety initiatives and industry recognition, find areas of mutual interest and seek new opportunities for cooperation on best practice, to inform and influence government, health & safety and other related industry bodies.”

As with other MOUs signed between IPAF and organisations including ASEAMAC and ANAPAT in Spain, the Institute of International Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM),  the Occupational Sustainable Safety & Health Association of India (OSSHAI) and the Materials Handling, Storage & Industrial Equipment Association of Turkey (ISDER), the agreement will improve local, national and collaboration between organisations, promote the joint aims of work at height safety and extend mutual benefits to members of the respective organisations, such as access to safety and technical materials, as well as discounted rates to attend paid events, conferences and webinars.

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