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BSIF – British Safety Industry Federation

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) is the lead association for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive and is recognised as a Competent Authority by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The BSIF has active links with many government departments and over 130 representative Trade Bodies.

Set up in 1994, the Federation currently has some 210 members, ranging from manufacturers and distributors of safety products through to test houses, certification bodies and safety professionals. Membership is accommodated within a number of sector trade associations.

Today the BSIF is firmly established as the major independent voice of the British safety industry, helping to both influence legislation and provide industry in general with a source of authoritative information on a range of workplace safety issues, while representing the needs of its members.

‘Supporting all those who keep people safe & healthy at work and passionate to ensure that Safety & Health is a positive force for good.’

BSI Group
BSI Group,
Kitemark Court,
Davy Avenue, Knowlhill,
Milton Keynes,

BSI is the business improvement company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organizations around the world. Working with over 86,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including personal safety, automotive, aerospace, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient.

BSI offers a range of testing and certification services including new product development, pre-assessment, gap analysis, batch testing and full compliance testing. BSI – a Notified Body for CE marking and owner of the trusted BSI Kitemark™ – has one of the widest testing and certification capabilities in the world giving you confidence in your products and helping you gain access to global markets.

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James Gorry – Health and Safety Presenter

On October 15th 2005 at a galvanising plant in Dublin James was asked to repair a damaged roof. That morning they had completed the first stage of the process successfully and had taken down the safety gear moving it down site to prepare for another day’s work.
Getting back onto the roof to inspect the next day’s work and knowing the roof he was getting up on James was not wearing any safety equipment, in hindsight he knows that that was not the right way to do it. Slipping in the gutter he fell into the roof and twenty six feet to the ground below. That is the day that changed his life forever.

James awoke paralysed with fourteen broken ribs, lungs half filled with blood and fractured vertebrae. He was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital but despite extensive treatment, James realised that he would never walk again.


Not only did James have to accept he now had a disability, he also had to adjust to no longer working. His house was not suitable for someone in his situation and his friends and family too had to adapt.  Inspired by his experience and determined to raise awareness and prevent the same tragedy happening again, James has channeled his energy into becoming a Health and Safety Presenter and Keynote Speaker.
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