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Locators’ UK Safe Practice Directory

The comprehensive guide to Health & Safety, Codes of Practice resources, and best practice advice in the United Kingdom.


This easy-to-use directory is designed to help individuals find the resources they need to stay safe and healthy in the workplace. It also lists global manufacturers and UK legal bodies related to the materials handling industry. Our team has compiled the following via publicly available resources and employee input. By following the links below, you can stay in the loop on legislative changes affecting your workplace practices and staff.

Our insider knowledge and free, in-depth resources will help you work safer, faster and wiser.

We’ve created this page to help you locate the needs and priorities of all businesses that rely on Material Handling equipment. The directory includes links to government agencies, professional organisations, and training providers. However, please note that the views of the companies below are not necessarily those of Locators. While the utmost care was taken to ensure the accuracy of the content provided, Locators takes no responsibility for errors or omissions. To suggest additional directory listings, contact us below

Useful guides & information

The UK Material Handling Association (UKHMA)

The UKMHA is a not-for-profit organisation representing all aspects of the UK’s material handling industry, including manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and other stakeholders.

The association was formed by the merger of the industry’s two most respected trade associations – the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the UK Material Handling Association (FLTA).

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Safe User Group (UKHMA)
You don’t walk away from a forklift accident. When something goes wrong, everyone’s involved — the victim, workmates, and you as a manager. When you’re in charge, you’re also accountable. So, maybe it’s time to do everything possible to avoid it happening on your site. The perfect starting point would be to join the Safe User Group.

Created by the leading independent authority in the fork truck industry, it offers expert advice in no-nonsense language. Accompanying this are practical resources and case histories from companies that have improved safety at low or no cost.

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Best Practice Advice (UKHMA)

The rules and legislation for using forklift trucks are often challenging to find and understand. There can be conflicting ideas about best practices, which may change as new equipment and aids to safety become available. One of the aims of the UK Material Handling Association is to make this more accessible.

UKMHA Members and Safe User Group Members have access to a range of Technical Bulletins, which offer detailed information and guidance on Best Practices:

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Thorough Examination
A Thorough Examination is a mandatory inspection required by law to ensure that the mechanical parts of a lift truck are in safe working order. It is roughly equivalent to the MOT for cars. Work equipment must receive a Thorough Examination at least once a year. However, examinations could be required more often, depending on your type of truck.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states:

“Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law: LOLER 1998, which covers lifting equipment, and PUWER 1998, which deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres. Your regular inspections as part of a preventive maintenance scheme or scheduled service are not a thorough examination.”

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Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national workplace health and safety regulator. They are dedicated to protecting people and places and helping everyone lead safer and healthier lives. Their role goes beyond worker protection to include public assurance.

They work to ensure people feel safe where they live, where they work and in their environment.

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Working Platforms (non-integrated) on forklift trucks — PM28 (4th edition)

This guidance is for users, suppliers and hirers of non-integrated working platforms. There are restrictions on the circumstances where non-integrated working platforms can be used. Also, non-integrated working platforms do not come under the Machinery Directive and should not be CE marked.

The selection and use of an appropriate and suitable method of access will depend on the following:

  • The nature of the task
  • The frequency of occurrence
  • The duration of the work
  • The availability of equipment

The guidance also has advice on identifying appropriate platforms and forklift truck combinations. It shows how they can be used safely together and the necessary design characteristics for working platforms for their safe use.

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Planning & Management of Construction Sites for the Safe Use of Rough Terrain Telescopic Handlers — GN61

The GN61 gives recommendations and advice to:

  • Contractors
  • Site managers
  • Potential purchasers

And all those responsible for using Rough Terrain Telescopic Handlers (RTTH) on construction sites. The GN61 is designed to serve as a practical framework for the planning, preparation and maintenance of sites to facilitate RTTHs.

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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 — CDM

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. This publication provides guidance on the legal requirements for CDM 2015.

It is available to help anyone with duties under the Regulations and describes:

  • The law that applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion
  • What each duty holder must or should do to comply with the law to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety

CDM 2015 is subject to specific transitional provisions which apply to construction projects that start before the Regulations come into force and continue beyond that date.

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Concrete industrial ground floors a guide to design and construction — TR34 (4th Edition, Jan 2018)

Recognised globally as a leading publication, this explores concrete industrial ground floors. This Fourth Edition provides updated comprehensive guidance on design and construction. Where appropriate, the latest design and material standards have been incorporated. The design section now includes comprehensive guidance on pile-supported floors.

This third reprint now includes an expanded Appendix C — for the strain-hardening behaviour of fibre-reinforced concrete. Plus, the new Appendix H covers optimised pile layouts for pile-supported floors. The original Appendix H becomes Appendix I.

This publication results from a thorough review of floor design and construction aspects. A multi-disciplined team of engineers, contractors, materials specialists and users formed it.

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