BITA's Contribution to the HSE's new warehouse
Early in 2008 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published a second edition of its book Warehousing And Storage: A Guide To Health And Safety (HSG 76). This is an essential best practice manual to help maximise safety in all aspects of warehousing and storage operations.
The new edition of the book included extensive co-operation between the HSE and the Warehousing Health and Safety Forum (WHSF). The WHSF is a committee of experts drawn from trade associations, trade unions and employer organisations – and the British Industrial Truck Association, BITA, is a member.
BITA's key concern was emphasising the importance of proper, effective maintenance and inspection of lift trucks. The HSE book includes a tabular listing of all commonly-used industrial truck types, together with the statutory instruments governing their inspection regimes, and the maximum inspection intervals applicable to each.
For peace of mind and full legal compliance, operators should choose a Thorough Examination provider accredited by the CFTS Thorough Examination scheme, in which BITA is a joint stakeholder.
Warehousing And Storage: A Guide To Health And Safety
HSE Books, 2007, 124pp. ISBN 9780717662258. Price £14.50+VAT
Cover image © HSE