Hire Association Europe

The Hire Association Europe (HAE) is the leading trade association for plant and Hire Association Europe (HAE) is the leading trade association for plant and equipment hire and rental companies in the UK, with members in Ireland and other EU countries. HAE membership encompasses companies from the tool, equipment and plant hire sectors while sister organisation, Event Hire Association (EHA), provides similar services for companies supporting events; ranging from catering, entertainment, audio-visual, and corporate hospitality, equipment hire and rental companies in the UK, Ireland and the whole of Europe.

Safety is of paramount importance to hire businesses and HAE has been promoting SafeHire, a bespoke hire industry scheme to help members maintain high levels of safety. For builders, contractors, local authorities or any hire customer, SafeHire is aimed at helping customers to be able to identify those hire company members who have received SafeHire accreditation.

HAE is committed to working with members and partner organisations to promote safety in hire and sound management frameworks to ensure customer service remains a focal point for businesses keen to grow stronger and thrive – particularly in the current tough economic times.

Working with BSI Solutions, the HSE, CHAS and Construction Skills, HAE has developed a new Specification, or Private Standard, aimed at supporting hire businesses.

SafeHire certificated companies are automatically entered onto the CHAS database (The Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme).

On Tuesday 14 December 2010, HAE officially launched the Private Standard at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon. It will be regularly updated to incorporate the latest legislation and regulations. The Standard is a comprehensive document which has been developed by hire businesses for hire businesses and can be obtained from HAE Direct.

According to HAE’s Commercial manager, Gill Bridger, “HAE is keen to support members through these difficult times. SafeHire is now entering a new phase and we are excited about the potential across all hire businesses. The Private Standard will help customers and key clients to recognise that hire is giving renewed emphasis to safety but also high levels of customer service.”

Gill added; “SafeHire is one of a number of added value products HAE offers to members, including insurance though HAE Insurance Services, BusinessGuard – a business support service and HAE Direct to access our well-known leaflets, but also publications and hire specific consumables.”

For further information please telephone 0121 380 4601 or visit www.hae.org.uk/

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