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April 15, 2015

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Smart card wins safety award

IPAF’s machine-readable Smart PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) has won the Plantworx Innovation Award in the Safety category for its innovative use of smartcard technology to help improve site safety. The Smart PAL Card can be used together with card readers fitted on machines which may be set to ensure that only correctly trained operators use equipment on site.

Under the Plantworx Innovation Awards organised by the UK-based Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the Smart PAL Card also won a Silver award in the Elite category and was Highly Commended in the Security category.

This is the second accolade for IPAF’s Smart PAL Card, which won a LLEAP award 2014 in the category Aftermarket Support Products & Services. The Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Awards are organised by US-based Lift & Access magazine and they bring recognition to products that are new, innovative and elevate the mobile access and lifting industry’s performance and safety.

PAL Cards can be verified online and more about the Smart PAL Card is available here.

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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