DHF tightens membership spec after ‘bumper year’
5th February 2019
The Door & Hardware Federation has introduced tougher procedures for companies applying to join including an ‘affiliate member’ status for all recruits before being granted full membership and use of the organisation’s logo. The move follows what the federation says has been a bumper year for recruitment.
All companies applying for membership will undertake a new Company Compliance Assessment, a checklist of legal and compliancy requirements specific to the product, and usually a visit to their premises by a member of DHF’s training and compliance team and/or a visit to a recent installation. Once these requirements have been satisfied, the applicant company will become a full member and be able to use the DHF logo, be displayed on the DHF website and utilise the many benefits available to members.
“As an organisation, DHF is renowned for its rigorous processes in allowing new members into the federation, and following a recent surge in membership numbers, we are determined to maintain that positive reputation,” said Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.
“We are understandably delighted by the swell in membership but determined that ‘quality’ should not be compromised in any way by ‘quantity’. Being a member of DHF means something. Safety, compliance and legal responsibility lie at the very heart of what we do, so it is essential that we continue to retain the very high standards for which we are recognised across the industry. It is vital that both new – and existing – members adhere to the principles and values of the association in meeting these requirements.
“So far, the new processes have received the full backing and encouragement of our current members and those wishing to join DHF. Going forward, we will also be increasing the number of company compliance assessments carried out on existing members. DHF’s strapline is Raising Standards, Safety Assured, and these new measures demonstrate our continuing commitment to this benchmark.”