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DHF to launch Level 2 Award in Dock Leveller Safety


Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced the launch of the Level 2 Award in Dock Leveller Safety, with The Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (ALEM), will take place on Tuesday 3rd October at the trade association’s Head Office-based academy in Shuttington.

The course will be presented by DHF’s Senior Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill, and comprises six units and a multiple choice exam.  The Level 2 Award can be formally accredited through ABBE.  To support the training, an onsite guide has been developed by the two organisations referring to applicable legislation and standards to assist all those installing, commissioning, repairing, and maintaining dock leveller installations, on site.

“The course will cover the level of safety required to comply with current legislation for Dock Levellers, covered by BS EN 1398:2009 regardless of whether they are new or existing,” explains DHF’s Commercial Director, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.  

“In particular, it will offer clarity and a greater understanding of, for example, the different types of Dock Levellers and their associated significant hazards, how to identify and specify the safety requirements for Dock Levellers, how to identify the additional safety principles and understand the electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic safety of dock leveller, as well as the requirements for providing essential marking, and instructions for installation, operating & maintenance and inspection of Dock Levellers.  It will also include the requirements for safe and effective maintenance, repair and inspection and information on how to identify residual hazards and understand the process of dealing with non-compliance issues.  Delegates will, in addition, obtain the necessary knowledge to identify the requirements of the Supply of Machinery (safety) Regulations (SMSR) in respect of Dock Levellers.”

Established in 1973, ALEM represents the interests of UK manufacturers and suppliers of loading bay equipment including dock levellers, scissor lifts, tail lifts and dock shelters.  It aims to provide authoritative representation of the views of its members in negotiation with government departments, the Health & Safety Executive and other organisations.  The organisation is synonymous with Compliance, Quality and Confidence.

“ALEM identified the need for a dock leveller safety training course and together, we have collaborated to develop and deliver this one-day course,” says ALEM’s President, Richard Spinks.  “We approached DHF because of their experience in course development and delivery of training courses associated with industrial doors.  The synergy between dock levellers and industrial doors made it the natural choice to form a long-standing relationship.”

To book, please visit the DHF website:

30th August 2023

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