FORS has developed new online toolkits, including counter terrorism and workplace travel advice, to help its members meet its new FORS Standard requirements.
Unveiled at the annual Members’ Conference last autumn, the fifth version of the FORS Standard went live on 14 January 2019 and brings new attainment criteria. These include a new counter terrorism requirement, meaning operators must have a policy and supporting procedures in place at FORS Bronze.
The new – and free – toolkit provides members with advice on writing an effective counter terrorism policy and highlights which procedures they must have in place to support the policy.
The fifth iteration of the FORS Standard also sees the inclusion of powered two-wheeler (P2W) fleets, with updated provision made for passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs), and FORS has now published new online guidance tailored to the unique needs of both the P2W and bus and coach sectors, and for operations which include these vehicles as part of a mixed fleet. The advice includes background on FORS, along with the specific FORS requirements and professional development relevant to each sector.
Finally, for those members seeking to attain FORS Gold, a free FORS Workplace Travel Plan toolkit is now available to help members meet Gold requirement ‘G8 Staff travel’, which seeks to encourage sustainable staff travel behaviour and minimise the negative impact on the environment of staff travel to and from the workplace, helping to reduce carbon emissions.
Graham Holder, FORS head of quality assurance & compliance, said: “The FORS Standard is updated every two years in order to maintain relevance in a fast-moving industry.
“Along with our dedicated helpline, the free toolkits and guidance are designed to assist FORS members as they progress through accreditation, and work towards even higher standards of operation and best practice.”