Important developments for the UK logistics, warehousing and transport industries as accreditation evolves in the wake of the Lofstedt Report.

Following the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) 2012 decision to step back from the day-to-day management of the accrediting bodies in workplace transport training, the Accrediting Bodies Association Workplace Transport 2012 (ABA) was conceived to improve standards and bring clarity to accreditation.

This new Association has now been formally founded following the signing of the membership agreement and committing to the ABA Code of Practice criteria by the founder members on 12th March 2014.

The HSE will still be involved in the ABA, working in a consultative capacity. The Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) has been confirmed as independent auditors, and in this capacity will help to maintain the standards that will make the ABA such a valuable body in the industry. The HSL was established to minimise health and safety risks in the workplace, and is an agency of the HSE, working with a range of public and private sector-organisations, conducting research and development work on their behalf.

Founded by AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB in a spirit of close cooperation and shared values, the ABA has been created with a simple goal: to contribute to the reduction in workplace transport incidents and help employers improve productivity and profitability through training.
Membership is open to all workplace transport training accrediting bodies. Those wishing to join will be required to follow a clear code of practice aimed at maintaining high training standards. In this way the ABA will work for the benefit of the industry, providing clarity, simplicity and transparency in the accreditation arena.

The finalised version of the ABA’s Code of Practice will be available to download from the ABA’s website.

For information regarding the ABA please visit www.abawt.co.uk

Editor’s Notes
About AITT
The AITT was formed in 1985 and became an HSE recognised body deemed competent to accredit training organizations and individuals in 1991. Our specialist area is workplace transport and specifically any and all types of fork lift trucks and related items of materials handling equipment.
About ITSSAR
ITSSAR have been established since 1991. Its sole function is to write and monitor training standards for a broad range of mechanical handling equipment including construction plant, crane operation, lifting and rigging operations, and slinging and signalling.
About NPORS
First established in 1992, the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme is now one of the UK’s leading Accreditation and Registration Bodies, working across the Industrial, Construction, Utilities, Warehousing and Distribution, Agricultural, Ports and Marine sectors.
About RTITB
RTITB (formerly the Road Transport Industry Training Board) exists to work with the transport, warehousing and logistics industries by providing the tools to train people. RTITB verifies the training has been done correctly and does this to keep businesses and people safe. RTITB’s key aim is to significantly reduce risk in the industries with which it works. RTITB currently accredits over 600 sites around the UK and Ireland and issues over 65,000 training certificates per year.