The new Singapore Standard for MEWPs: What You Need to Know

Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are an efficient mode of access which increases the productivity of all manners of work-at-heights operations.

Galmon 1350SJP Boom Lift at Gardens by the Bay

When used correctly, MEWPs provide a safe and secure work platform for operators, and a wide work envelope to complete tasks faster.

However, MEWPs do have its own set of risks and hazards.

Initiated by the Ministry of Manpower and published by SPRING Singapore in November 2016, the new Singapore Standard for mobile elevating work platforms (SS 616 : 2016), aims to minimise those risks.

The standard highlights the importance of:

  • operational planning
  • choice and selection of MEWP
  • maintenance of MEWP
  • legal and administrative requirements
  • training
  • responsibilities of the various stakeholders

Apart from specifying the safety requirements which protect the operator and personnel who are in the vicinity of MEWP operations, the standard also covers the basic safety principles, operation, maintenance and inspection of MEWPs.

Most importantly, it highlights the responsibilities of the various stakeholders involved in an MEWP operation.

These stakeholders include: site supervisor/site management, occupier, owner, MEWP rental company, contractors/subcontractors, employer, manufacturer, engineering firm, maintenance personnel, WSH officer, banksman, delivery personnel and operator.

To view the SS 616 : 2016, click here to purchase a copy.

Galmon will be conducting briefings in 2017 to aid stakeholders understand more about their roles and responsibilities under the new Singapore Standard. More information on this will be released soon so do look out for it!


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