The ePAL mobile app for operators of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and mast-climbing work platforms (MCWPs), developed by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), has been recognised by US magazine Lift & Access, winning a Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Access Platforms (LLEAP) Gold award in the Aftermarket Support Products & Services category.
IPAF’s ePAL app was launched in June 2021, with the global roll-out completed earlier in 2022. The app allows digital certification of training, including IPAF’s Powered Access Licence (PAL) Card. It is free to use and is available in seven languages and allows IPAF to communicate directly with operators around the globe. The ePAL app is one of 17 entries from 13 different organisations across five categories to be recognised in this year’s edition of the LLEAP awards.
The ePAL app was recognised with a LLEAP Gold award for the benefits it offers to users in terms of storing and sharing training certification and digital logging of equipment time, reporting incidents or near-misses to IPAF’s portal and receiving helpful safety updates directly to their device. The app is available in all territories where IPAF certifies training and has users in more than 160 countries worldwide.
Peter Douglas, IPAF’s CEO and Managing Director, comments: “We developed ePAL in partnership with our member firm Trackunit in part to offer operators and supervisors a new tool to share training certification and log equipment time, and also as part of our ongoing digitalisation project.
“Already the ePAL app has surpassed 250,000 first-time downloads; this allows IPAF to engage directly with a growing global network of operators and managers. It’s fantastic that ePAL has been recognised in the latest LLEAP awards, with Gold in the Aftermarket Support Products and Services category. In addition to very strong end-user take-up, this is validation for all the hard work that has gone into developing and promoting the app, meeting industry demand and delivering what we believe to be the first digital app of its kind for our industry.
“IPAF is grateful to the organisers and judges of the LLEAP awards for recognising ePAL in this way. We hope this award will continue to help IPAF raise the profile of the ePAL app, boosting user downloads worldwide and helping to generate engagement among users of the app.
“We urge those who haven’t yet downloaded ePAL to do so without delay, to begin to enjoy the benefits the app brings and to join the growing digital revolution in IPAF training certification and safety. We invite feedback from all users, which can be given directly via the app itself, and we will continue to use all the comments we receive to shape the way we develop the app in future.”
● To read about this year’s LLEAP winners, see the latest Lift & Access magazine in print or online. For details of the IPAF ePAL mobile app, see www.ipaf.org/ePAL; the app is available for Apple iOS and Android through Google Play and will be updated with additional features as usage demands and evolving technology allows.