HSE Covid statement January 2021: (Lift truck training)
The below statement has been reiterated by the HSE, as per 5th January 2021 following the national lockdown.
Cleared Statement – Lift truck training and covid precautions
Employers are required to ensure that their staff are trained and competent to operate any industrial lift truck equipment they use. Initial or refresher training may be required for new starters, for existing staff using new types of equipment, or as a refresher for existing staff.
Lift-truck operators, even those who are trained and experienced, need to be routinely monitored in the workplace and, where necessary, retested or given refresher training to make sure they continue to operate lift trucks safely. There is no specific time period in law after which refresher training or a formal assessment is required. However, employers may decide that automatic refresher training or a retest after a set period (for example 3-5 years) is the best way to make sure staff remain competent.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, employers and training providers should apply the hierarchy of control to manage the risks of training and consider:
Face coverings are not PPE and should not be used as a substitute for suitable risk control measures.
Employers should consult the Government COVID-19 guidance which is available at this link when deciding how training can be carried out safely. It remains the employer’s responsibility to not allow anyone to operate lift trucks on any premises without authorisation. Authorisation should only be given where employees have completed suitable training in line with the guidance and have achieved an appropriate level of operating ability.