EWPA Yellow Card – Things You Should Know
Industries like mining, construction and warehousing are labour-focused and over time, with an increasing number of people applying for same positions, it’s getting more difficult and competitive to stand out in the crowd. Therefore it’s beneficial to obtain something like a yellow card because it’s a nationally approved industry program.
If you consider the benefits of your Elevated Work Place ticket or commonly known as EWPA Yellow Card, the first benefit is that you obtain a license of operating an EWP such as a self-propelled boom lift, vertical lifts and scissor lift, in all workplaces throughout Australia.
The EWPA Yellow Card was formed as a result of the working of EWPA with industry, helping them to meet the WHS/OSH/OHS acts and regulations. The Yellow Card Program was developed to make sure that the holder of the Yellow Card is trained in a safe use and operation of different kinds of mobile elevating work platforms. The yellow card is an ‘evidence’ of this training. A general aim of the Yellow Card Program is to help employers, operators, manufacturers and equipment owners to be able to meet the WHS/OHS/OSH regulations more easily.
As mentioned earlier, the yellow card is a nationally accepted industry training program which means that if you move to another state, you can still easily get a job without needing to regain the ticket each time you move your location.
How does Yellow Card Work?
The Yellow Card indicates that the holder has completed the training on one or more ‘types’ of MEWPs. There are many training modules covering different types of MEWPs.
- Scissor Lift (SL)
- Vertical Lift (VL)
- Trailer Lift (TL)
- Self-Propelled Boom Lift (BL)
- Advanced Boom (AB)
- Truck Mounted Lift (TM)
While all these are categorised as MEWPs, each of them is different in its usage and safe operation and hence needs separate training modules to be completed.
Here are some major benefits of holding a EWPA yellow card.
Firstly it will teach you the skill to safely operate an Elevated Work Platform, understand dangers and assess risks.
Next it will teach you how to appropriately examine the fall harness, how to perform a check before and after the operation, find out safe operating parameters and what procedures to follow if an incident occurs.
The duration of the training course, like the yellow card training in Brisbane, is just one day. The assessment is divided into two types: a short-answer theory test and a practical test that includes conducting a pre-operational check, how to set up the EWP, how to use it correctly and how to store it.
The course also offers flexibility with regard to the delivery of the training, either at your workplace or a suitable alternative training location.
So, are you ready to get the Yellow Card and the lucrative career it will offer?