All eleven members of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) are ‘standards’ driven organisations committed to advancing safety, best practice and competency when working at height, irrespective of any particular piece of access equipment or safety solution. It does this by:
- 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 the CDM2015 Regulations – 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