Time to enter the Design4Safety awards 2016.

BITA is once again organising the Design4Safety awards which make their welcome return at IMHX 2016, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 13-16 September.

The awards, which take place every three years, are all about designing safety into products and services with their aim being to highlight the importance of product or service design in improving safety standards. By focusing on ‘design for safety’ the awards recognise innovative thinking, regardless of the type or cost of the product or service.

All IMHX exhibitors can enter the awards, which provide the opportunity to highlight the crucial safety benefits of their individual products and services, and there are six different categories which encompass the whole materials handling industry. These are:

· Industrial Vehicles
· Automation
· Goods-in/Goods-out
· Racking & Storage
· Technology
· Warehouse infrastructure

Entries must include a 150 word explanation of the how the product or service improves safety or eliminates a previously unsafe approach, a high-resolution image, JPEG or GIF, up to 2MB, one additional supporting document and links to online images or video that support the entry.

Products or services entered don’t have to be newly launched, but must be available at the time of entry and for at least six months after the awards are announced. Winning entries will be those which provide the strongest evidence of a measurable contribution to the level of safety awareness, or rate of incident reduction, achieved by the design.

The deadline for entries is 31st May 2016 and should be submitted via the form which can be found at http://imhx.net/design4safety

Winners in 2013 included Hörmann’s Fork Truck Barrier, Crown Lift Trucks’ rider powered pallet truck and Sentry Protection Products’ Collision Sentry device, which alerts fork lift operators to potential collision risks in warehouses. Why not join them?

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Issued on behalf of BITA

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Floyd Jebson
+44 (0)1869 353 813 | [email protected]

Barney McCarthy
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BITA contact
James Clark, Secretary General
+44 (0)1344 623 800 | [email protected]

Notes for Editors
The British Industrial Truck Association, BITA, is a substantial and dynamic trade association representing a membership of 78 forklift truck manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and media operating in the UK.

BITA is the voice of the industry in matters technical and legislative at the highest levels in Europe and internationally. It enjoys a close working relationship with bodies such as the UK Health and Safety Executive, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

As a member of the British Materials Handling Foundation (BMHF) BITA is allied with the Fédération Européenne de la Manutention (FEM), the European manufacturers’ association of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment.

BITA produces a wide range of specialist publications, encompassing best practice and health and safety assurance, as well as technical guidance notes and unique market insight. Its specialist committees include the Truck Suppliers Group (TSG), Technical Policy Committee (TPC), and the Component & Services Group (CSG) among many others.

BITA members, including many international brands, manufacture and distribute over 90% of all new forklifts procured each year in the UK. They employ 7,000 people directly, and enjoy a combined annual turnover of £1.3bn. BITA members play an increasingly important role in the UK’s overall economic health, supply chain effectiveness and environmental performance

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