ATLAS member working at height on an industrial chimney

The Association of Technical Lightning and Access Specialists (ATLAS) has been representing the key companies in the lightning protection and specialist access industry since 1946. Celebrating the highest standards for over 70 years, ATLAS is at the forefront of industry developments and committed to improving working practices, technical excellence and the skills of the workforce to provide the highest quality service to the industry’s clients.

Originally formed as the National Federation of Master Steeplejacks & Lightning Conductor Engineers (NFMS&LCE) in 2003, the organisation became ATLAS. With an established track record, ATLAS is unrivalled when it comes to providing experience in lightning protection and specialist access solutions, with members leading the way in health and safety, technical innovation and training and skills.

ATLAS works with a range of key stakeholders including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), British Standards Institution (BSI), Build UK, and Access Industry Forum (AIF) to influence decisions, raise standards and shape the business environment for the benefit of its members.

With Unite the Union, ATLAS operates a National Joint Council which agrees terms and conditions for the industry’s workforce. With CITB, it created and supports a dedicated Industry Training Group (SLPTG) to provide training and qualifications tailored to the needs of the industry, including apprenticeship programmes offering a formal training route for new entrants.

To be an ATLAS member, companies must meet strict criteria including, financial stability, health and safety, insurance, technical standards and training. This gives clients using ATLAS members - from nuclear reprocessing facilities to churches - the confidence they are working with competent and reputable specialist contractors.