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HSE Update - Training & COVID Precautions

8th January 2021

The HSE has provided further guidance to employers and training providers as we now enter a 3rd lockdown. 

The HSE states that all employers are required to ensure that their staff are trained and competent to operate any industrial lift truck equipment they use. Initial or refresher training may be required for new starters, for existing staff using new types of equipment, or as a refresher for existing staff.

Lift-truck operators, even those who are trained and experienced, need to be routinely monitored in the workplace and, where necessary, retested or given refresher training to make sure they continue to operate lift trucks safely. There is no specific time period in law after which refresher training or a formal assessment is required. However, employers may decide that automatic refresher training or a retest after a set period (for example 3-5 years) is the best way to make sure staff remain competent. 

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, employers and training providers should apply the hierarchy of control to manage the risks of training and consider. For the full statement and a breakdown of how to manage these risks, please click here. Or for further guidance on Fork Lift Truck training, contact our team today - 01246 386900. 

Article Reference - HSE

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