Since its formation over 20 years ago, the Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (ALEM) has represented the interests of UK manufacturers and suppliers of loading bay equipment, including dock levellers, scissor lifts, loading ramps and vehicle restraints, to UK government, the Health and Safety Executive, BSI and all other relevant organisations.

John Meale
Executive Committee Member at ALEM

ALEM is committed to raising standards in all aspects of its industry from design, installation and maintenance for the full product life cycle. This can be seen through the three major initiatives undertaken by ALEM during 2022.

The first of these is the publication of prEN1570-1 Safety requirements for lifting tables – Part 1: Lifting tables serving up to two fixed landings. We are pleased to announce that the revisions to this standard have passed the formal vote and will be published as a standard by BSI before the end of the year. ALEM would like to acknowledge the involvement of Mr Tim Rose from Loading Bay Lifts, who sadly passed away this year, for all his hard work in the revision of this standard.

The second project has involved working with the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) to develop a training course covering dock levellers. The 1-day course is aimed at those involved in the design, manufacture, installation or repair of dock levellers of all types. It is designed to provide a detailed insight into the relevant standards and levels of compliance required to achieve legal compliance on site. Those who require a more detailed understanding of the relevant legislation can enrol on the existing DHF level 4 qualification to provide this knowledge.

The third initiative involves ALEM working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide guidance and support to its members on the marking requirements of refurbished/modified goods. Crucially, an HSE representative attended various ALEM meetings to participate in Q & A sessions.

ALEM members are committed to supplying quality products that are in compliance with all relevant UK and European legislation, giving complete confidence to all customers. Again, the HSE continues to provide guidance and advice to our members. ALEM members also benefit from participation in webinars organised by the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF). The most recent webinar covered the easement measures announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on UKCA marking of products placed on the GB market.


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