Past Events


AIF at the Safety in Construction Show, 18 July 2018,

Derby Roundhouse

The Forum was delighted to be participating in the inaugural Safety in Construction Show. Height safety is a major issue in the construction industry and the Forum explained the role of standards, guidance and training in helping to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from falls from height each year.

Held at the iconic Derby Roundhouse, the show was the first UK event designed to showcase safety products, services and best practice in the construction and civils workplace. It brought together providers of safety products, services and training with key managers and executives who hold primary responsibility for safety from across the construction and civils sectors.

It featured a series of presentations from thought leaders from across industry – including the Access Industry Forum – the show proved to be an important event for anyone with a professional interest in, and responsibility for, the practice and technology of managing safe working environments. For more information, visit

London Work at Height Seminar

The London Work at Height Seminar provided an opportunity for industry to collaborate in the interests of safety awareness, best practice and knowledge sharing, and demonstrated a variety of Work at Height methodologies and industry innovations. The event was largely aimed at Local Government Authorities, Procurement Professionals, Health & Safety Professionals, Building & Facilities Managers and all other professionals who were interested in Working at Height within the City of London and beyond. 



AIF at The Health & Safety Event, 10-12 April, NEC

Now an official ‘Supporter’ of the health and safety shows run by Western Business Exhibitions, the AIF and its eleven member organisations were major exhibitors at this year’s Health & Safety Event, 10-12 April, at the NEC, Birmingham.

ATLAS, BSIF, EPF, FASET, IPAF, IRATA, the Ladder Association, NASC, PASMA, SAEMA and WAHSA explained how they foster and support codes of good practice, equipment standards, training, education and knowledge on stand HS284.

Comments Chris Kendall, chair of the AIF Marketing & PR Committee: “We are delighted to have entered into a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Western Business Exhibitions which will allow us to bring the latest news and information, trends and developments in height safety to the attention of the show’s visitors.”



On 12 January 2018 the Access Industry Forum (AIF) joined forces with the Working Well Together (WWT) South West Group to deliver a series of practical demonstrations aimed at showing self-employed builders and SMEs how to ‘work well at height’.
Gloucester’s purpose-designed SkillZone proved to be the perfect venue for 90 delegates who received practical advice and information on everything from the safe use of ladders and how to inspect mobile access towers, to the essentials of using fall arrest safety nets and erecting and checking scaffolding.
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The Forum was represented by FASET, IPAF, Ladder Association, PASMA, NASC and WAHSA.

LWAHS 2017


The London Work At Height Seminar 2017 built on the success of the highly regarded inaugural 2016 event.

The Seminar provided the opportunity for the work at height industry to collaborate in the interest of safety awareness, best practice and knowledge sharing; and to demonstrate a variety of Work at Height methodologies and industry innovations. The event was largely aimed at Local Government Authorities,  Procurement Professionals, Health & Safety Professionals, Building & Facilities Managers and all other professionals who have an interest in Working at Height within the City of London and beyond.

The AiF would like to thank the City of London Corporation for supporting this pivotal event.



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AIF CONFERENCE 2016: Implementing change and innovation in work at height

This unique event brought together speakers with a range of experience and expertise never before assembled in one place in the UK.

Date and venue:
Thursday, 13 October 2016

Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3GR.

Delivered by:
The Access Industry Forum (AIF): The forum for eleven of the leading trade associations and federations involved in access and work at height.

  • Association of Technical Lightning and Access Specialists (ATLAS)
  • British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF)
  • Edge Protection Federation (EPF)
  • Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET)
  • International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)
  • Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA)
  • Ladder Association (LA)
  • National Access and Scaffolding Association (NASC)
  • Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA)
  • Specialist Access Engineering and maintenance Association (SAEMA)
  • Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA)

Supported by:

  • Association for Project Safety (APS)
  • International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • Hire Association Europe (HAE)

The first ever national, one-day conference dedicated to this specialist activity, Implementing change and innovation in work at height signposted, examined and evaluated the latest thinking and developments in a sector that remains the single biggest cause of accidents and fatalities in the UK workplace.

The Speakers:
The Forum brought together a commanding line-up of speakers who are recognised experts in their respective fields – from industry, trade and professional bodies, academia and the professions. Their breadth of knowledge and expertise is unparalleled.

08.00-09.30 Welcome and registration



Peter Bennett, Chairman
Access Industry Forum (AIF)



Keynote presentation

Philip White
Head, Operational Policy & Strategy
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)



Designing for access and the need for early engagement

Paul Bussey
Technical Consultant
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Architects



The CDM Regulations 2015 and work at height

Barney Green
Technical Advisor, Work at Height
Association for Project Safety (APS)



Tea and coffee break

Opportunity to visit AIF stands


When duty holders fail to do their duty

Steffan Groch
Head of Regulatory, DWF Solicitors
& Chair, Health and Safety Lawyers Association


Height safety: We’re safer together

John Dunne
Group HSQE Director
Wates Group




Opportunity to visit AIF stands



A behavioural approach to work at height

Prof. Tim Marsh
Consulting Professor
RyderMarsh OCAID


Panel discussion: Getting falls from height reporting right

-Peter Bennett, Ladder Association
-Chris Wraith, IPAF
-Tony Seddon, FASET


Myths and misconceptions: Separating fact from fiction when working at height

Dr Shaun Lundy
Interim Chair, HSE Myth Buster’s Panel
Academic Portfolio Leader
Department of Built Environment
University of Greenwich



Tea and coffee break

Opportunity to visit AIF stands


Developing competency: The role of technology and eLearning

Dr Michele Milner
Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
University of East London



The journey to an injury free environment

Dylan Roberts
Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Skanska UK



Open forum

Conference Q&A session


 Conference ends



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