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    UK Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group MEWPs Group develops Safety Alert Protocol

UK Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group MEWPs Group develops Safety Alert Protocol

A Safety Alert Protocol has been developed by the UK Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) MEWPs Group. The Protocol describes a voluntary standard for Safety Alerts issued by contractors and others who have incidents they believe may be related to the design, manufacture, maintenance or use of MEWPs.

It is intended to guide the author of a Safety Alert so that the alert is seen as authoritative and helpful for those that receive it. A standard format is included for the layout and content of Safety Alerts.

Discussing the new protocol, Chris Wraith, Technical and Safety Executive at IPAF, said: “Safety Alerts are always issued with good intentions, but sometimes omit key information, which can lead to speculation and over-reaction when they are received. We hope that this Safety Alert Protocol will help the MEWPs industry improve safety whilst maintaining productivity.” 

Kevin Minton, Director of the UK's Construction Products Association (CPA) and Chairman of the SFPSG MEWPs Group, said: “This is a great example of hirers, contractors and safety specialists working together to improve communications in the MEWPs sector.”

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group MEWPs Group has membership from CPA, IPAF, HSE, CITB, BCSA, FASET, SAFed, NPORS and MEWP Manufacturers, as well as significant representation from major construction companies. It meets twice each year to share information on MEWPs safety, and has set up working groups to produce guidance and address specific issues.