What Qualifications Do You Need to Drive a Forklift?

Forklifts are an invaluable asset for a multitude of industries, and because of their diverse usability and high performance, they are utilised in a variety of different ways. However, as professional stockists of forklift Swindon we at MJC Services are frequently asked the question ‘what qualifications do you need to drive a forklift?’ If this is a question you are eager to know the answer to, then we can answer it for you.

Legally, you don’t need a qualification to drive a forklift but what you do need is training. It vitally important that those who are operating a forklift (whether to perform Grounds Maintenance Swindon or construction work) are fully trained to use the forklift in a safe and responsible manner; however there are various training courses available which are supported by accredited bodies. These bodies include;

-    Construction industry training board
-    Lantra Awards
-    The Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR)
-    Association of Industrial Truck Trainers
-    National Plant Operators Registration Scheme
-    RTITB

It’s important to note that your employer has a legal responsibility to train you, whether it is with one of the above bodies or in-house training. This is stated under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, which clearly states that your employers needs to “ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purpose of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, and risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken”

If you have any further queries surrounding work place regulations or indeed the correct use of forklifts, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team here at MJC Services. We specialise in forklift hire and believe that we can supply you with high-quality plant equipment and advice should you need it.

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