Nine point code of practice for materials handlers

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The Automated Material Handling Systems Association has set out a nine point code of practice to ensure the highest standards of business integrity for operators.

Graham Watts, AMHSA secretary said: “Our members have shown the highest standards of integrity throughout the association’s 25-year history, but we felt it was appropriate to codify our objectives and standards in a formal way, to give a sense of security to prospective clients and to cement the commitment of our members to honesty and decency in the promotion of safe, reliable and economic material handling systems.”

The new code was drawn up by the 48 members of AMHSA, and states that members should:
• Be committed to maintaining a high standard of integrity in all working relationships
• Foster the highest possible competence and expertise
• comply with both the letter and spirit of appropriate legislation
• Discharge any obligations to which they have agreed
• Reject working practices which might reasonably be deemed improper
• Ensure the availability of appropriate training for staff
• Raise their own standards of professional competence by taking advantage of any training that may be made available
• Declare any interest that may conflict with impartiality in contractual matters
• Not divulge any confidential information which may be received in the course of negotiations or seek to use such information to their advantage

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