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Why join the Fork Lift Truck Association

Membership of the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) provides your business with

  • A cost-effective way to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the materials handling industry
  • Access to the most authoritative and definitive Fork Lift Truck Health and Safety information, best practice advice and Codes of Practice
  • Stay in the loop on legislative changes that affect you, your workplace practices and your staff
  • Join a network of the most respected and trusted companies in the forklift truck industry
  • Insider knowledge, publicity and free, in-depth resources designed to help you work safer, faster and smarter

If you think your business could be improved by having constant access to any of the above, join the FLTA and get all of this, and much more! For a full list of the exclusive benefits and resources your business could take advantage of as a Member of the FLTA, please click here.

The Association offers a range of different membership categories designed to meet the needs and priorities of all businesses that employ forklift trucks. Here is a very brief guide to the membership categories currently available.

Membership Categories

Full Membership

Forklift truck manufacturers, dealers, service providers, training companies and suppliers who are well established in the forklift truck industry should consider Full Membership. Full Members are placed in a category, depending on the primary function and size of the organisation. These categories are linked to subscription rates and some aspects of administration. The Full Member categories are as follows:

  • Fork Lift Truck Dealers and Training companies.
  • Manufacturers, Suppliers and Service Providers e.g. maintenance providers.

All Full Member applicants must meet the following basic standards before their application will be considered:

  • The company must have been in business for a minimum of 2 years
  • The company must have Employers' liability insurance of at least five million pounds
  • The Association recommends Public and Product liability insurance of at least five million pounds‚Äč
  • For the manufacturer and dealer category:
    • The company employs a minimum of 2 engineers
    • Carry out regular servicing and Thorough Examination (in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998), where appropriate ‚Äčas per hire contract
    • The Association recommends accreditation to CFTS

Service providers to the forklift truck industry, who have been in business for more than two years should apply for Full Membership. As should larger, well-established training companies and suppliers.

As a trade association, the FLTA has worked in conjunction with the Trade Association Forum to produce a new national Code of Practice for trade associations, which sets out the ethical and procedural standards that govern all UK trade associations. This Code of Practice can be downloaded here.

For a full list of the wide range of benefits that FLTA Members enjoy, please visit the benefits page as a starting point.

The following types of Member are not eligible to use the Association logo. They may not purport, in any way, to be Full Members of the FLTA.

Provisional membership 

The purpose of Provisional Membership is to help those companies not eligible for Full Membership to achieve that goal in the short term:

  • If a company knows that it does not meet all of the criteria for Full Membership, but is working towards it in the short term.
  • A company that has applied for Full Membership but is deemed by the Board to have not met all the required standards, may be offered Provisional Membership. 

There is no logo available for use as a Provisional Member, the FLTA logo may not be used by Provisional Members. Provisional Membership will normally only be valid for a period of 1 year. This may be extended at the discretion of the Board.

Associate membership 

Associate Membership is open to those companies that do not meet all of the criteria for Full Membership as described above and are unlikely to do so in the short term. For example forklift truck dealers, manufacturers and service providers with only one engineer should consider Associate Membership.

There are two types of Associate Member:

  • A forklift truck dealer that does not meet all of the criteria for Full Membership.
  • A supplier, training company, manufacturer or service provider that has not been in business for the required minimum period of 2 years.

There is no logo available for use as an Associate Member, the FLTA logo may not be used by Associate Members. Associate Membership will normally only be valid for a period of 2 years. This may be extended at the discretion of the Board.

All Members of the FLTA agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice and the Rules and Regulations of the Association.

Safe User Group Membership

End-users of forklift trucks or companies whose operations feature forklift trucks on their site(s) would be well-advised to consider joining the FLTA Safe User Group, a special form of membership designed specifically for end-users.

An introduction to the Safe User Group can be found here, and more detailed information on the benefits that this unique form of membership will bring to your organisation can be found here

All Safe User Group Members work to and abide by, the Safe User Group Code of Practice, which governs the ethical and safety standards expected of all companies whose work involves forklift trucks. The Code of Practice can be downloaded here.

If you wish to join the FLTA but are not sure of your options or which Membership category would suit your organisation best, please do not hesitate to telephone the FLTA office to discuss your needs on 01635 277577.