Workers Health & Safety Centre

Powered Elevating Work Platform (PEWP) Operator Version 4.0

Powered Elevating Work Platform (PEWP) Operator Version 4.0
The Powered Elevating Work Platform (PEWP) Operator training program is a revision of the Workers Health & Safety Centre Elevating Work Platform Operator program
The new program title reflects the changed name of the equipment in Canadian Standards Association standards currently under development.
This version features addition information on boom-supported platforms over 65 feet and the smaller self-propelled vertical mast platforms. The participant’s manual has been updated to meet the WHSC newer style guide and graphics illustrating safe operating practices have been improved. Updates to the legislation section reflect changes to the Construction Regulations.
The PowerPoint presentation is also updated to reflect the information in the Participant’s manual and style are imbedded into the PowerPoint.
The instructors material now include links to specific sector regulations making  it easier for instructors to deliver relevant information based on the participants’  work sector .
As many elevating platforms are powered by propane participants may require knowledge about the procedure for exchanging empty cylinders with full ones. If the platforms addressed by the training are propane powered, the instructor will select a link that will activate the propane handling section of the PowerPoint. If there is no need to address propane handling the PowerPoint will bypass this section all together.
The propane section will cover the necessary information to assist operators during the cylinder exchange and provide them with a record of training that indicates they have been trained in propane cylinder exchange.
Note: This is not a full propane handling course, but it provides enough training to allow operator’s to perform the cylinder swap safely. 

Other updates include

  • Worksheets are updated and are on a separate handout.
  • Practicum activities include a work area assessment, equipment inspection and operating the platforms to demonstrate proficiency.
  • If applicable, the participants will also demonstrate a propane cylinder exchange.
  • The inspection and operator proficiency evaluations are recorded in triplicate on three-part forms – one copy is returned to WHSC, one copy is for the employer or union, one copy is for the participant.