Technical policy committee

BITA’s Technical Policy Committee (TPC) exists to establish and promote the Association’s technical policy through Sector Parties, sub committees and working groups.

The TPC is currently chaired by Victoria Hutson of JCB Research and meets twice a year. It is engaged with leading international standard-setting bodies including:

Via the TPC, BITA ensures that when regulators and standard-setters maintain and extend best practice, they hear the voices of BITA members whose businesses will be affected by fresh regulations.

The TPC adds further value by alerting operators and users to the requirements and consequences of new standards, distilling the key points and actions required via regular executive briefings to BITA members, and in the frequently updated BITA Guidance Notes.

Recent TPC activities have included:

  • A review of the ISO Powered Industrial Trucks Safety Code (ISO 3691)
  • Contributing to the 2nd Edition of the HSE Book Warehousing And Storage: A Guide To Health And Safety, as part of the Warehousing Health and Safety Forum (WHSF).
  • Engaging with EU Directives including:
  • 2006/42/EC (new Machinery Directive), the ATEX (explosive atmospheres) Directive,
  • 2000/14/EC (Outdoor Noise Directive)
  • 2006/66/EC (Battery Directive)