Why join WAHSA
WAHSA was established in 2005 and is the authoritative voice of, and source of information from, the work at height PPE and systems industry.
It currently has a number of high profile members such as Abtech, Capital Safety, Checkmate, ISC, Latchways, P&P, Safesite, Spanset, Tractel, Transweb etc.
WAHSA currently runs three main committees which members have the ability to participate in – Technical (reviewing legislation and producing industry best practice and guidance), Training (producing industry best practice guidance on training and influencing training standards within other spheres – more details below), and the main Members Committee steering the direction WAHSA takes.
By Members contributing to the committees, they can influence what industry expects and does with regard to work at height. There are several projects underway such as reviewing the existing and producing new Technical Guidance Notes and producing a training scheme.
In 2011 WAHSA joined the growing ranks of associations in The Access Industry Forum (AIF – see http://www.accessindustryforum.org.uk/members.htm ). As a member of AIF we sit with organisations such as IPAF, PASMA, FASET etc to work together on common aims to promote safe working at height.
AIF (and therefore WAHSA) also links with other industry bodies such as the APS (Association of Project Safety ) , UK Contractors Group and Crossrail.
Additionally, WAHSA has seats on PH5 and through this has access to all European Working Groups. Reports of all developments of CE standards are presented at the general meetings and circulated to the membership allowing them advance knowledge what is taking place throughout Europe.
WAHSA links with the HSE and is seen as their primary source of information for Work at Height PPE. This is done directly with HSE representatives attending WAHSA meetings, and through the AIF in a similar manner.
Direct benefits include a unique Members Insurance Scheme at very advantageous rates which are only available to WAHSA Members, and a cut price credit checking and debt chasing facility through Top Service UK.
All Members have a listing on the WAHSA Website and are able to use the WAHSA logo on their website and paperwork.
We are looking to expand these benefits in the next year, and any suggestions would be appreciated.