The recent Middle East Convention hosted by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, saw a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between IPAF and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
IIRSM is one of the most proactive and high-profile health & safety bodies in the Middle East, while IPAF’s operations in the region and the demand for accredited training has risen sharply in recent years.
The MOU was signed by Tim Whiteman, CEO & MD of IPAF, and Phillip Pearson, Chief Executive of IIRSM, at the annual IPAF Middle East Convention hosted in November 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE. The agreement was brokered by Jason Woods, IPAF’s Representative in the Middle East and India, and Matthew Cox, the Chairman of the IIRSM’s UAE branch.
Jason Woods comments: “The IIRSM is one of the most active safety groups in the Middle East, supporting safety professionals throughout all industries. We at IPAF are focused on Mobile Elevating Work Platform and Mast-Climbing Work Platform safety and training provision and have been working with the Institute for many years, from giving joint presentations on new standards to delivering practical safety workshops.
“I’m very pleased to say that now we have an official MOU in place, we can look forward to driving working at height to become even safer through the use of powered access equipment operated and supervised by properly trained professionals. The help of IIRSM members will be invaluable in achieving our joint goals of reducing falls from height and making the many construction sites across the region safer for all.”
Tim Whiteman adds: “It’s always very useful for IPAF to team up with major health & safety organisations such as IIRSM to jointly promote our shared goals of promoting safety and reducing workplace injuries and fatalities. We are very pleased to receive this endorsement for our safety and training programmes in the region, and we look forward to working with IIRSM to help spread the IPAF safety message far and wide.”