The nine organisations comprising the UK's AIF (Access Industry Forum) have joined forces to publish a 12-page brochure encouraging the safe and proper use of work at height equipment.

Containing a foreword by Geoffrey Podger, chief executive of the Heath and Safety Executive, and Brian Law, chief executive of the Association for Project Safety, the brochure's message is to 'Work safely and competently at height using appropriate equipment with personnel professionally trained to industry - recognised standards'.

The brochure contains a profile of all nine organisations, which are 'standards driven' trade associations and federations committed to advancing safety, best practice and competency when working at height - irrespective of equipment type or safety solution employed.

"Our aim is to ensure that people not only use the correct type of access equipment but use it properly," says Chris Ball, chairman of the Ladder Association.

The Forum comprises the following organisations:

ATLAS Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists
FASET Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training
IPAF International Powered Access Federation


IRATA International Rope Access Trade Association
LA Ladder Association
NASC National Access & Scaffolding Confederation
PASMA Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association
SAEMA Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association
WAHSA Work at Height Safety Association

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