What Training is Required

What Training is Required

Rider Operated Lift Trucks.

Approved Code Of Practice and Guidance

Paragraph 26 (1)

Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for the purposes of Health and Safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.

Paragraph 26 (2)

Every employer shall ensure that any of their employees who they supervises or manages, the use of work equipment has received adequate training for purposes of Health and Safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using work equipment, any risk which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.

This document is guidance for employers and managers who work ork manage forklifts and operators,anyone who manages forklift equipment should be aware of this publication and it can be downloaded for free from:


What  the L117 does explain, is the minimum standards required as a forklift operator:

On completion of training, the trainee should be able to do the following:

State the reasons for operator training, the risks associated with lift-truck 1operations and the causes of lift-truck accidents.

State the responsibilities of operators to themselves and others, including their  duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other people, and co-operate with employers and others to help them comply with their legal duties.

Identify the basic construction and main components of the lift truck, stating  its principles of operation and load-handling capabilities and capacities.

Identify, as appropriate, handling attachments which may be used with the lift  truck.

Locate and state the purpose of all controls and instruments and how to use them.

Place the forks or other handling attachment in predetermined positions using 6 the appropriate controls.

Identify various forms of load, and state the procedures for their stacking, destacking and separation; assess the weight, and, where relevant, the load centre of a load; and decide if the load with its known weight and load centre is within the truck’s actual capacity (safe working load).

State the factors which affect machine stability, including: turning, especially  the speed and sharpness of turn; load security and integrity; rated capacity and rated load centres; centres of gravity; ground conditions; and speed and smoothness of operation.

Follow correct procedures when loading and unloading vehicles.

Make visual checks to ascertain the safety, soundness and rating of structures  designed to receive loads, and place and remove loads on and from those structures at various heights.

Pick up and place loads, and drive and manoeuvre the machine forward and in reverse, laden and unladen, on inclines, in restricted spaces and on level ground (including rough terrain as applicable), following correct procedures and precautions.

Park the machine, following correct procedures and precautions.

Where applicable state the purpose of, and demonstrate how to use, safety devices including stabilisers, level indicators, and load indicators, if fitted, including the importance of using seat restraints.

Carry out inspection and maintenance tasks appropriate to operators as required by the machine manufacturers (including pre-shift checks) and any relevant legislation.

State what to do in an emergency while in control of a lift truck, for example, if  there is a tip over.

State why it is essential to have vehicle key custody arrangements.

For more information click on the picture of the L117 to find the link to download a free copy of the document from the HSE Website.