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85% of relevant job applications say: ‘forklift truck licence required’, but does it even exist? Stuart Taylor, Managing Director at Mentor FLT Training, explored the issue at Safety & Health Expo in May.
Why does it matter?
Driving rules, like the highway code for roads, are consistent throughout the UK. All drivers know the speed limits. Compare this to a forklift operation – there isn’t a set speed across all sites, for example. Your own policies in your own business are unique.
Who enforces the rules? On the road, it’s the police, but in your operation, it’s you, the employer. You are responsible for enforcing your own policies and ensuring people remain safe.
So, is there a licence?
When employers say a licence, they mean a certificate of training. Ideally, you need an accredited individual or training business to undertake it. A few points to note on certificates: there are fraudulent certificates out there, but you can call an accrediting body to check if new employees have the qualifications that they say they do. It is also important to know that there is no expiry date on a certificate; refresher courses are down to the employer.
How to confirm skills:
The three elements of training:
Why is all this necessary:
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