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History of the EWPA

Membership is now in excess of 500 and includes the major rental fleet owners, manufacturers, users and supporters of this industry. The Association is run through a National Executive and supported by State Committees which meet regularly to ensure effective communication between all members on the key issues that affect this industry.

Good Practice Guide launched
2020 Good Practice Guide

Over the years the EWPA had released safety guidance notes. In January 2020 the EWPA demonstrated further commitment to safety launching the EWPA Good Practice Guide. This guide outlines the safe work practices on how to operate and maintain MEWPS safely and help duty holders meet their obligations under the Work (Occupational) Health and Safety Acts and Regulations in force in each state and territory of Australia.

EWPA Rebrand, MEWP Supervisor Course launched and EWPA issued 400,000 Yellow Card
2019 Rebrand MEWP Course 400k Cards

2019 was a big year for the EWPA Standing with a rebrand – in conjunction with the HRIA and TSHA – the new look was a part of a plan to move the Association’s forward to better serve and represent its members within an industry that has progressed significantly since inception. The MEWP Supervisors Course was also launched. Designed specifically for Site Managers / Safety Officers who are responsible for the planning, supervising, or managing the safe use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms. In August the EWPA also issued its 400,000 Yellow Card.

Global Access Exchange Introduced and Yellow Card Renewals commenced
Global Access Exchange

The Global Access Alliance Exchange Program sends access company employees overseas to gain a greater understanding of how the access industry works globally. This program was launched in 2018 with a 2-way exchange between Australian and the UK. In July 2018 it was 5 years since the New Yellow Card Program was launched, therefore the online renewal process for Yellow Cards was launched.

Introduction of the the current Yellow Card Program
Current Yellow Card Program

The “New” EWPA Yellow Card Program was launched on July 1 2013. Feedback to the EWPA was that the industry wanted an improved outcome from the Yellow Card training. Research revealed that members and industry wanted more in-depth training with pathways to Statements of Attainment, more content, refresher training and a program that could react quickly to changes in industry, as well as more close alignment to the requirements of amended WHS/OHS Acts and Regulations introduced in 2011-2012. This moved the training from Duty of Care style delivery to Competency-Based training and assessment, photo cards were now issued with a 5 year expiry date which requires the holder to undergo online or face to face refresher training to ensure their skills and knowledge remain current.

100,000 Yellow Cards issued
100,000 Yellow Cards

By August of 2008 the EWPA had issued its 100,000 Yellow Card