What is a Forklift Licence?
What is a Forklift Operator?
Forklift Operators play a crucial role in the smooth running of business operations.
Forklift Operators move goods and deliveries, without them the businesses would come to a halt.
Forklifts are commonly used in:
What do I need to operate a Forklift?
You will need to be trained and qualified to operate a forklift.
The 1974 Health & Safety and Work Act states:
“The provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of all his employees.”
Which indicates that employers have a legal responsibility to ensure safety at work.
Aside from the fact it reduces these type of incidents and the probability of potential accidents, having a forklift licence also enables you to drive a forklift in a safe, competent and efficient way.
It also shows any potential employer that you have the relevant skills and qualifications needed for potential job opportunities or promotion.
Anyone aged 17 or more with good co-ordination and the skills required to drive a car (although you don't have to have a car licence) are eligible to apply for a forklift licence.
To acquire a forklift licence, or a RTITB recognised certificate of forklift training you will be required to attend a forklift training course.
A forklift training course covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:
Lift truck controls and instruments
Starting/moving/stopping and steering the truck
Operation of hydraulic controls
On/off ramp driving
Vehicle loading and unloading
Stacking and destacking
Lift truck stability
The operators’ safety code
A forklift training course will give you the skills to operate a forklift safely and efficiently, carry out a pre-use inspection, and recall and explain the causes of truck and load instability.
While not mandatory, it is also recommended that forklift training refreshers are completed every 3 years once you have received your forklift licence / certificate.