- Establishing the position of the industry on matters of legislation and regulation;
- Collaborating with other trade and professional bodies and industry stakeholders, including the Health & Safety Executive (HSE);
- Creating awareness and understanding of industry legislation - in particular the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the need for competency as detailed in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 - and the implications of these regulations in a practical, day-to-day context;
- Promoting the link between training and competency in the workplace and by advocating the need for users of all types of access equipment to be professionally trained to a recognised standard based on the agreed work procedures of its member organisations;
- Championing a system of accreditation whereby all users of access equipment and safety solutions, regardless of type, produce formal and independent proof of training as issued by its member organisations;
- Functioning as a forum and knowledge base for the access industry generally.
Its principal message is ‘Work safely and competently at height using appropriate equipment with personnel professionally trained to industry-recognised standards’. This message is communicated via:
- Its website www.accessindustryforum.org.uk;
- Its member organisations through their respective websites, publications and electronic communications;
- The trade and professional press;
- Conferences and events;
- Strategic partnerships with key industry stakeholders.
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- ~Eleanor Everet
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