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For the launch issue of Tomorrow’s Health & Safety, each member organisation of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) - representing almost 1,000 individual companies in total - has supplied a snapshot of the latest news and developments in its respective sector.

Few organisations, if any, have done more in recent years to promote safety and best practice than the Access Industry Forum (AIF), the umbrella organisation representing the nine principal trade associations and federations involved in the access and work at height sectors. Working in collaboration with professional bodies, policy makers and key influencers, including the Health & Safety Executive, the Forum uses the collective experience and expertise of its member organisations to fulfil a number of distinct roles:

• As a knowledge base and resource centre for information and advice on working at height;

• As an advocate for users of all types of access equipment to be professionally trained to a recognised standard;

• As a champion of a system of accreditation whereby all users of access equipment, irrespective of type, must produce formal and independent proof of training;


• As a contributor to the development of standards and guidance;

• As a provider of news, views and latest developments through seminars, conferences and exhibitions.

In the last 12 months alone the Forum has orchestrated a series of ground breaking discussions and debates with organisations such as IOSH, IIRSM, RoSPA and the British Safety Council; delivered four days of seminars at the IOSH Conference and Safety & Health Expo; provided expert advice to a number of committees and review bodies - including the Lofstedt Review -and, most recently, added to its series of Toolbox Talk videos which are free to view online at


The Forum’s message is clear: work safely and competently at height using appropriate equipment with personnel professionally trained to industry- recognised standards.


ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL LIGHTNING & ACCESS SPECIALISTS (ATLAS): SAFETY TESTING REPORT SOON TO BE PUBLISHED Atlas continues to promote best practice in the specialist access industry. Its dedicated Safety & Access Committee has recently carried out an extensive programme of safety testing on ladders and modular scaffold frames in order to determine the equipment’s safety limitations. The results will be published in 2012.

The latest annual survey of accidents occurring to ATLAS members shows that they have a better safety record than non-members when operating at height. More at

EDGE PROTECTION FEDERATION (EPF): NEW GUIDANCE IN PIPELINE The latest organisation to join the Forum, the Edge Protection Federation (EPF), is a small, specialised body, but one that has been increasing its membership and further developing its role into the area of policy making.

With the authoritative EPF Code of Practice well established, the Federation is about to publish its views on a series of topics, including: containment (extended height) applications; industrial steel framed guard railing; the use of MEWP’s; and allowable gaps in edge protection.

As a new industry, based on systems designed to the BSEN13374 standard, there are a number of areas that benefit from a co-ordinated and consistent view, thus ensuring that contractors have a clear understanding of the standard of performance to expect.

FALL ARREST SAFETY EQUIPMENT TRAINING (FASET): NEW STAIR TOWER ERECTION COURSE INTRODUCED With the proliferation of stair/access towers on construction sites, FASET has recently piloted its newly released stair tower erection course. It covers the safe erection and dismantling of modular stair towers. Successfully completing the course - including the

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