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Powered access operator skills card accepted as part of CSCS

PLANT

POWERED access proficiency card holders have been accepted into the Government-backed CSCS scheme.

Because most holders of the Powered Access Licence have a different main trade, using the platform as a tool to reach heights, they will have their current CSCS card updated.

The platform qualification from the International Powered Access Federation will be added as an extra category onto the tradesmen's card.

The few whose main trade is platform operator will have a CSCS card with the IPAF logo.

Nearly 100,000 operators will be affected by the agreement.

CSCS chairman Tony Merricks said: 'IPAF will join the management board and will adopt the same standards and work proactively to ensure a common approach to plant training and health and safety matters in the UK.'

IPAF founder Paul Adorian said he was delighted with the arrangement. 'In coming together with CSCS we have devised a solution that I believe will suit everyone. We keep, unchanged, our training scheme and PAL card as the established multi-industry, internationally recognised passport.'