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Accreditation evolves in the wake of the Lofstedt Report

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

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