Welcome to the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists

The Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS) has been representing the leading companies in the lightning protection and specialist access at height sectors since 1946.

At the forefront of all industry developments, ATLAS is committed to improving working practices, technical excellence and the skills of the workforce to provide the highest quality service to the industry’s clients.

  • Financial stability and proven track record
  • Recognised technical standards
  • Commitment to health and safety
  • Competent and qualified workforce
  • Access to the latest guidance and information
  • Collaborative working
  • Forum for sharing best practice.


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Post-Brexit Trade Agreement

The UK has now left the EU and a post-Brexit Trade Agreement was finally reached in late December. The European Commission has published a summary of the agreement, which can be accessed here. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK includes zero tariff and zero quota trades on goods of UK and EU origin as follows: The UK Border Operating Model sets out a phased approach to the additional checks and paperwork needed to trade goods with the EU. Importers and exporters will need to demonstrate where their goods originated and should read the detailed guidance on Rules of Origin. With a few exceptions, products will have to undergo two sets of conformity assessments if placed on both the UK and EU markets; however, CE marking will continue to be accepted in the UK until the end of 2021. The Government has provided step by step information for those who import goods within the EU, those who import goods from outside the EU, and those who bring goods through Northern Ireland. The new points immigration system came into force on 1 January 2021, meaning that businesses recruiting from outside the UK will need to obtain a sponsor licence, and all workers from overseas require a visa.

IPAF Presentation on MEWP Safety

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RF & EMF Awareness Training

Radio Frequency (RF) and Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) sometimes referred to as “RADHAZ” are a serious risk to construction and maintenance workers globally. Anyone involved in working in close proximity to transmitting equipment (aerials, antennae, satellite dishes etc) can be exposed to very harmful levels of EMF or RF. The EU directive 2013/35/EU covers employers’ responsibilities, which in the UK is covered by the 2016 Control of Electromagnetic Field at Work Regulations. ATLAS would like to remind all members of the risks associated with working at height and potentially being exposed to RF or EMF. Carrying out remedial works, inspections, testing and surveys all have the potential to put operatives and staff at risk and these risks must therefore be considered in any risk assessment and mitigates in any method statement or safe system of work. This makes awareness training very important for this subject to ensure that the correct precautions are being taken.

ATLAS Attends APPG on Working at Height Meeting

ATLAS attended a virtual All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height meeting on 9 September 2020 which focused on working at height in rural environments. Following the HSE Workplace Fatal Injuries Report earlier this year, agriculture was shown to be the second highest sector for workplace fatalities, following the construction industry, and many of these fatalities resulted from a fall from height. Presentations were delivered by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and Unite the Union, expressing their desire for change in the industry with regards to training and ensuring only skilled contractors carry out specialist works. The overall consensus was that attitudes to health and safety in the sector are likely to change with a new generation of workers coming through, who will be trained and educated to higher health and safety standards. To raise awareness of the work that the APPG on Working at Height is doing, IOSH Magazine has published an article called ‘Why Fatal Falls are Avoidable’ which includes comments from ATLAS’ Immediate Past President, Jason Harfield, on the impact of COVID-19. Minutes from the meeting can be found here.


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