Training and certification is as essential to part-time operators as to full-time operators and legally they will need the exact same level of training and instruction as full-time forklift operators. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) do not differentiate between the two.
Part-time workers will be working in the same enviroment which when poplulated hith heavy duty vehicles can prove to be a potentially hazardous place with an average of 8000 fork lift accidents in the UK per year with 12 of them fatal. An an employer or an employee can you afford not to be trained and get your forklift certification?
There are 4 different type of training and these are:
- REFRESHER – People who have previously undergone training and certification but need to be brought up to date with new laws and/or regulations.
- CONVERSION – People who have been trained on a particular type of truck recently, and need to start using a different type.
- SEMI-EXPERIENCED – People who are competent on a forklift truck, but have never been certificated.
- NOVICE – People who have never been on a forklift truck before and never been certificated.