International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) appoints Jason Woods as its new representative for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This reflects the Federation’s steadily growing presence in the Middle East where IPAF currently has 15 members across Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Woods has over 20 years of experience in the powered access industry. He started in sales and rental and was based in the UK from 1990 to 2002, holding positions with Building Services Plant Hire, Hewden Stuart and Euro Towers. He has worked in height training since 1996 and is a certified IPAF instructor and a Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association (PASMA) instructor. He ran his own training and sales business from 2008 and 2011, and was also vice-chairman of the PASMA training committee. In 2011, he joined Instant Access in the Middle East as training manager, and has since focused on promoting safety and training standards and developing the mobile tower and powered access business in the Gulf region.
“My new duties with IPAF will include working alongside existing and new members and training centres to give full guidance, advice and support,” said Woods. “My key aim is to boost the safe use of powered access and to grow the number of IPAF Powered Access Licences (PAL) Cards within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), working with the UAE Ministry of Labour.” The GCC is the political and economic alliance of six Middle East countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Woods is based in Dubai.