Manufacturers will help shape a new safety standard that could lead to more sales of aerial work platforms (AWPs) in China.

A task force of AEM members who manufacture AWPs will put together proposals on the current draft of a standard under development by the Chinese National Elevating Work Platform Technical Committee (TC).

The standard is intended to increase the level of aerial work safety in China. Once released, it will affect all AWPs manufactured or imported into China and could increase sales of AWPs that comply with the new standard.

“Members will definitely want to get involved in the drafting process as early as possible so that the requirements in this standard will be highly aligned with related U.S. and EU requirements,” said Amy Wang, AEM technical and safety manager – China.

Manufacturers to Develop Proposals

The General Secretary and project manager of the Chinese National Elevating Work Platform Technical Committee (TC) recently met with the Work Safety Committee of AmCham China to discuss the plan for drafting the new standard.

The National Elevating Platform TC is the Chinese “mirror” TC to ISO/TC 214. Established in 2008, it has 25 voting members from 20 companies, most of whom are AWP manufacturers. AEM is also a voting member.

The manufacturer task force plans to communicate its proposals to the TC in April. Wang is assigned as the coordinator between the task force and the TC on the standard development process.

The current plan is to complete the first TC discussion draft by the end of 2015.

For more information, contact Amy Wang in AEM’s China Office (, tel: +86-10-8519-1566).