IPAF Rental+ launches in Middle East

By Leila Steed27 February 2023

Rental companies representatives at the IPAF Rental+ launch event Rental companies representatives at the IPAF Rental+ launch event. (PHOTO: IPAF)

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has expanded its Rental+ certification scheme into the Middle East, introducing it to rental company representatives at an official launch event in Dubai, UAE.  

Described as “the powered access industry’s guarantee of a high-quality rental company”, Rental+ is a certification scheme that ensures IPAF member companies meet and maintain the highest standards of training, equipment inventory and customer satisfaction. It is audited annually by IPAF inspectors and also takes into health and safety measures and quality of service.

The event, which was held at the Dubai Investment Park, was hosted by IPAF’s CEO and Managing Director Peter Douglas and Rental+ Scheme Manager Martin Wraith, along with Regional Manager for the Middle East and South Asia, Jason Woods.

Rental+ Scheme Manager Martin Wraith provided guests with an overview of how the Rental+ scheme works and how relates to standards and legislation compliance. 

“This scheme has been developed by IPAF’s members. They are industry experts – people who truly understand powered access,” said Wraith.

“The audit is not onerous, and our team is there to help guide companies through the process of becoming certified, at the end of which the rental company can demonstrate it has met a benchmark of quality that it can use to market itself to new and existing customers.”

“The scheme also has the benefit of giving reassurance to mangers and company owners that they have covered every base and ticked every box in ensuring legal and standards compliance, safety and training considerations – everything they need to run a successful and safe powered access rental business anywhere in the world.”

According to IPAF’s CEO, for rental companies serving contractors in the construction, aviation and oil & gas industries, achieving the Rental+ certification is “a badge of professionalism”.  

Peter Douglas said, “I am pleased to say that during 2022, all of IPAF’s UK hire company members achieved the IPAF Rental+ standard, as mandated by the IPAF UK Country Council in 2017 – now as an organisation we turn our attention to internationalising the standard with events like this one here in Dubai.

“So far, we have raised awareness of the benefits the scheme among our membership the Middle East and Ireland, and there is certainly interest in the scheme in India and Germany.”

For more information, visit: www.ipaf.org/rental 

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