The Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (ALEM) has boosted the services available to its members to help fill knowledge gaps about CE/UKCA marking, latest legislation and post-Brexit regulations.
Since its formation over 20 years ago, ALEM has represented the interests of UK manufacturers and suppliers of loading bay equipment, including dock levellers, scissor lifts, tail lifts, loading ramps and vehicle restraints, to UK government, the Health and Safety Executive, BSI and all other relevant organisations.
ALEM President, Andy Georgiou of Stertil Dock and Door Products, says, “As an Association, we are becoming increasingly aware of companies that are unfamiliar with many important issues that affect our industry. When we looked more deeply into the problem, we discovered that the lack of knowledge regarding such issues as the importance of CE/UKCA marking, latest legislation and the impact of Brexit, are just the tip of the iceberg.”
ALEM members have benefited from regular Brexit bulletins and a series of webinars organised by BMHF member companies. Dale Camsell, Senior Technical Consultant for the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), has guided members through the new rules regarding CE and UKCA marking of products as well as the entities involved in placing products on the market.
Expert Guidance from ALEM
As a member of the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF), which itself is the UK national member of FEM – the European Federation of Materials Handling and Storage Equipment – ALEM has played an important role in various initiatives. These include the drafting of the new standard, EN1570-2 for lift tables, and introducing a Level 2 NVQ for Loading Bay Equipment, Installation or Maintenance which will be needed in the future to gain access to construction sites following the introduction of the CSCS card scheme.
Integral to ALEM’s drive to encourage best practice, the FEM Elevating Equipment Product Group has published a series of guidance documents available to download from the FEM website: www.fem-eur.com/product-groups/elevating-equipment.
Additionally, ALEM’s active participation in the BMHF and the FEM Product Group means that the Association remains at the forefront of any changes to Directives and Standards relating to the sector within Europe.
One of the Association’s main aims is to make both industry and end users aware of the standards and regulations that must be followed in order to meet current UK and European legislation. Armed with this knowledge, and with the full support of the Health and Safety Executive, ALEM members are also much better placed to counter various threats to their businesses. These include cheaper, non-compliant, inferior and potentially unsafe equipment that can find its way to market from non EU countries and, worryingly, from some UK companies that do not follow the rules. To become and remain a member of ALEM, a company must be committed to complying with the relevant European standards, the UK Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and all other current legislation.