The latest digital app from the International Powered Access Federation ePAL will be a game-changer for job site safety and quality.
FREMONT, CA: The latest digital app from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) for users of MEWP and MCWP equipment will be a game-changer for job site safety and quality, marking a significant step forward in IPAF's push for better sector sustainability.
The IPAF's ePAL is expected to debut in April. It will be free for utilization and include a digital IPAF PAL Card, an operator logbook, and operator safety guides. It will also enable operators to obtain the most up-to-date IPAF safety information and best practice guidelines and for construction managers to quickly and easily check an operative's qualifications and for the operator to digitally record and share their equipment time.
The ePAL app represents a significant step forward in IPAF's ongoing efforts to improve sustainability, as it moves away from issuing plastic, credit-card-sized PAL Cards through the post to any training applicant who completes or renews an IPAF operator course.
IPAF has crossed the landmark of issuing 2 million PAL Cards worldwide by 2020. The digital version of the PAL Card will optimize the process and make it more environmentally friendly by reducing the use of paper, ink, plastic, packaging, and international shipping.
Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO & MD, comments: "When IPAF launched the PAL Card as a plastic credit card-sized identification containing the holders name, photo and categories of machine they were qualified to operate, it was revolutionary. Since then, technology has evolved, which makes this latest step forward possible."
As a result, the wholesale transition from a plastic to a digital PAL Card is a natural procedure. Since I took up the post in 2019, developing an operator app has been a top priority for IPAF, and they were thrilled to partner with IPAF member Trackunit to bring its considerable technical expertise to focus on the project.
Alan Woodage, Health and Safety Manager at Taylor Woodrow, comments: "The introduction of ePAL and digital PAL Cards is another great integration of digital technology welcomed by VINCI Construction UK. As we embrace more digital technologies, we become many things: More sustainable; better connected; more engaging; and, ultimately, efficient."