The Access Industry Forum – What’s it all About?

The Access Industry Forum – What’s it all About?

07th September 2016

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) was established in 2004 and played a significant role in developing the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR 200%) in collaboration with the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE).   The AIF has since become the main forum for all the trade associations and federations involved in working at height.  Each of its member organisations represents a different sector of the access industry and are recognised as leaders in their respective fields.  All members of the Forum are committed to increasing safety, advancing best practice and competency when working at height, whatever type of equipment or safety solutions are being used.  This is achieved by:

  • Establishing the position taken by the industry on legislation and regulations.
  • Collaborating with the HSE, trade organisations and other stakeholders within the industry.
  • Promoting the link between training and competency in the workplace while highlighting the need for users of access equipment of all types to receive professional training to a recognised standard.
  • Developing within the industry an awareness and understanding of industry legislation – the Work at Height REgulati5ons in particular and the competency detailed in the CDM2015 Regulations and their implication in a practical, day to day context.
  • Promoting a system of accreditation for all users of access equipment and safety solutions of all types to produce formal and independent proof of training as issued by member organisations.
  • Providing a Forum and Knowledge Base for the access industry here in the UK.

The AIF has developed a close working relationship with the HSE and is instrumental in redrafting and simplifying the guidance for both the Working at Height: A Brief Guide (INDG 401) and Using Ladders and Stepladders Safely (INDG 455).  The AIF has also collaborated with the HSE to produce the Work at Height Access Equipment Information Toolkit (WAIT).

All ten of the member organisations of AIF specialises in a different area of working at height and provide training courses and guidance relative to their field of expertise.

Next month on 13th October, the AIF is holding its first conference to discuss the issues involved when working at height titled “Implementing Change and Innovation in Work at Height”.  The Conference aims to provide a significant contribution to safety and best practice with a particular emphasis on future practice.

The Conference will take place at the Holywell Park Conference Centre and Loughborough University and promises to feature an impressive line-up of expert speakers from the industry and academia, including:

  • Peter Bennett, Chairman of the AIF
  • Philip White, Head of Operational Policy and Strategy at the HSE
  • Barney Green, Technical Advisor for Work at height Association for Project Safety (APS)

While there will be plenty of opportunities to visit the AIF stands, the programme includes presentations on:

  • Designing for access and the need for early engagement
  • The CDM Regulations 2015 and work at height
  • When duty holders fail to do their duty
  • Height safety:  We’re safer together
  • A behavioural approach to work at height
  • Panel discussion on Getting falls from height reporting right
  • Myths and misconceptions :  Separating fact from fiction when working at height
  • Developing competency:  The role of technology and eLearning
  • The journey to an injury free environment

The Conference will end with a Q&A session giving participants to raise concerns or clarify information.  Attendance at the Conference, including prices, discounts and booking procedures can be found on the AIF official website.