AWP Council Works to Finalize Training Guidelines

The Aerial Work Platform Council met last week at the Scaffold Industry Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition in San Francisco, Calif. In recent months, the AWP Council has developed a presentation for OSHA with non-mandatory AWP operator training guidelines based on the OSHA forklift training requirements in 1910.178 (I), through the SIA’s OSHA Alliance.

At the meeting, Jeff Stachowiak, co-chair of the AWP Council, presented the training guidelines to the 23 AWP Council members in attendance. The comprehensive document includes information on types of AWPs, common accidents, and recommendations for content that should be covered in AWP operator training.

The AWP Council is working with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the American Rental Association to get their input on the document. The council will meet with ARA members in Chicago in September to get additional feedback on the document as well. It is the AWP Council’s hope that the support of these organizations will help these recommendations to eventually be the basis for an AWP training standard, Stachowiak said.

After incorporating input from the ARA, Stachowiak plans to present a final document to OSHA by the end of the year. The guidelines will then appear on the OSHA Alliance website.