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Forklift Training FAQs: Everything you need to know

Here at Budget Fork Trucks, we know the importance of forklift training. Our team has been training forklift drivers for many years and we offer training onsite at our Berkshire location as well as onsite with companies throughout Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire.

Having a team that is trained, not just in the basics of forklift driving and operation, but that also receives ongoing training tailored to the forklift fleet that you have, is essential to get the most from your business and empower your team to deliver more for you.

We’ve put together some forklift training FAQs to ensure you have everything you need to know about forklift training before booking a course. We are currently offering 10% off all our courses until the end of 2023, so get in touch with the team today to chat about how we can help you.

What is forklift training?

Forklift training is a structured program designed to educate and certify individuals in the safe and efficient operation of forklifts. It covers theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and safety procedures necessary for operating a forklift in various workplace settings.

Why is forklift training important?

Forklift training is essential to ensure the safety of both the operators and those working in close proximity to forklifts. It helps prevent accidents, injuries, and property damage by teaching operators how to maneuver the equipment correctly, assess risks, and follow proper safety protocols.

Who should undergo forklift training?

Anyone who operates or intends to operate a forklift should undergo formal forklift training. This includes employees, contractors, and self-employed individuals who utilize forklifts as part of their job duties.

What are the legal requirements for forklift training in the UK?

In the UK, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to provide adequate training and ensure the competence of their employees, including forklift operators. The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for Rider-Operated Lift Trucks provides specific guidelines on forklift training requirements.

What topics are covered in forklift training programs?

Forklift training programs typically cover a range of topics, including forklift controls and instrumentation, safe operation techniques, load handling and stability, hazard identification, pre-use inspections, maintenance procedures, and relevant regulations and legal responsibilities.

How long does forklift training usually last?

The duration of forklift training varies depending on the program and the experience level of the trainees. Basic training programs can range from one to five days, while comprehensive programs may extend over several weeks. The training should include both theoretical instruction and practical hands-on experience.

Can I receive forklift training online?

While some theoretical components of forklift training can be completed online, the practical aspects require hands-on training. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) strongly recommends that practical training be conducted in the workplace or a simulated environment under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Is forklift training certification necessary?

Yes, forklift training certification is necessary to demonstrate that an operator has received adequate training and is competent to operate a forklift. Certification typically involves successful completion of both theoretical and practical assessments. Employers are responsible for ensuring their forklift operators hold valid certification.

How often should forklift operators receive refresher training?

In the UK, the HSE recommends that forklift operators receive refresher training at regular intervals, usually every three to five years. However, the frequency of refresher training may vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the workplace, changes in equipment or processes, incidents or accidents, or the operator’s performance.

Get in touch today to take advantage of our training offer – 10% off all courses until the end of 2023.


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