There are four permanent LEIA committees with representatives nominated by member companies. The committees meet regularly throughout the year, with the chairmen reporting at the Council meetings.
Safety and Environment Committee
The Safety and Environment Committee is concerned with all areas relating to health and safety and relevant safety and environmental legislation. The committee keeps an overview on the industry’s safety performance and accident record with a view to seeking improvements in safety standards wherever possible. The Safety and Environment Committee produces for LEIA members a series of information sheets, regular updates and newsletters. The committee also organises for members a twice yearly Safety Forum meeting for those with responsibilities for health and safety in their company.
Quality and Technical Committee
The Quality and Technical Committee is responsible for all work relating to Standards. This involves representation on committees of a number of organisations, including the British Standards Institute, the European Standards Committee (CEN) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO). The Quality and Technical Committee initiates technical draft documents concerned with lifts and escalators which, after wider consultation, become British Standards. It also maintains close liaison on all technical matters with government departments such as the Health and Safety Executive, the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and other official bodies including the UK Association of Notified Bodies.
Contracts and Legal Committee
The Contracts and Legal Committee is concerned with a wide variety of contractually related issues, such as the standard forms of contract issued by the Joint Contracts Tribunal and other standard forms used generally within the construction industry. The committee is also concerned with a number of legal issues some emanating from European Directives. The Committee participates in Actuate UK – the umbrella body representing UK engineering services – which provides an interface with organisations representing sectors such as heating and ventilating and electrical contracting, creating a forum for debate on matters of mutual interest. The committee is also responsible for producing a range of Information Sheets for LEIA members.
Education and Training Committee
The Education and Training Committee has responsibility for the LEIA Distance Learning Course and for all areas of activity relating to education and training. This includes the setting of standards for vocational training in conjunction with EMTA Awards Ltd (EAL). Much of the activity undertaken is under the sponsorship of the LEIA Educational Trust set up to promote standards of education and training in the lift and escalator industry.