HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 The Health & Safety at Work Act (HASWA) was first published in 1974 and, following consultation, became law on April 1st 1975. The act introduced the concept of “Goal Setting” in which the end results expected are clearly specified. It is then up to employers to make arrangements to achieve the results. This places the onus upon employers to take all reasonable and practicable steps to look after the health, safety and welfare of their employers.
They must look at the risks their employees are exposed to and then take steps to remove those risks. H M Factory Inspectorate, along with Environmental Health Officers police the act. They will look at any given risk in the work place and offset that risk against both the cost and inconvenience of removing it.
The decision as to whether the actions taken by the Employer were reasonable and practicable can only be decided in a court of law. Punitive Punishments are available to the courts for breaches of the Health & Safety Legislation including an unlimited fine and up to two years imprisonment! From time to time the government brings out various alterations to the legislation and one of the most far reaching of these changes occurred on 1st January 1993 with the introduction of the so called “six pack” regulations.
This in itself has been updated with the introduction of LOLER and PUWER in December 1998.
HOW TO GET A FORKLIFT LICENCE
So, how easy is it to get a Forklift Licence and what are the rules.
The true fact is, there isn’t really such a thing as a Forklift Licence, however you do still need to go through the same sort of motions as taking your standard car test.
Forklift Training helps to certificate a person, to ensure they adhere to the Health and Safety laws and can operate the forklift truck safely. Whilst there are no strict rules on renewals of certification, insurance companies and HSE recommend that all trainees are “refreshed” every three years. It is the employers duty to ensure all their employees have had suitable training on the forklift trucks.
There are many ways to get your Forklift Licence, here at National truck training we offer on-site Forklift Training. This is where we send one of our highly trained forklift instructors to an employers premises and train the employees within the comfort of their workplace. There are many benefits to onsite forklift training, the fact that the employee is training in a familiar environment on a forklift truck he will use on a day to day basis, is a huge benefit.
Forklift Training Centres can offer a classroom and warehouse environment, and is ideal for those unemployed. There are very few grants available nowadays to get free forklift training, however it is best to speak to your local job centre or careers advice centre for more information about Forklift Training Centres.
If you are already employed and they have a forklift truck available which you would like to learn on, but your employer doesn’t want to fund it, you can self-fund and as long as your employer agrees with it, we can train individuals up on site but paid for by yourself. The more people (3 max) the cheaper it becomes. We can do this at the weekend for no extra charge.
For more information about how to get a forklift licence or certification, or to get a quote for on-site forklift training, please use the contact form or contact us on 07706061862.
HSE Recognised Training
National Truck Training can provide your business with trained forklift instructors to work on-site with your staff. Be it a Novice, Semi-experienced or Refresher! All instructors hold Public Liability Insurance, carry TV/DVD’s or Laptops to show training videos and all the necessary paperwork to provide theory and practical testing on-site, to the highest level.
National Truck Training Instructors ensure that all trainees are qualified to the highest possible standard following all HSE legislation. Our Forklift Instructors keep all relevant staff informed at all times of the progress of any trainees.
Health and Safety recognised certificates are issued upon completion of all the relevant exams and paperwork*. Our prices are competitive and we do not charge extra for traveling or congestion charges. We can even fit our Forklift Training in with your shift patterns or weekend work at No Extra Cost! (Subject to Availability)
No Hidden Cost Forklift Training
Our Forklift Training Schedule can be planned around you and your business. We can arrange to train around shift patterns and even weekends at no additional cost.
We do not charge any extra for travel or accommodation, the price we quote is the price you will pay.
Our prices are also inclusive of certificates which are issued upon completion of relevant tests, paperwork and payment terms.
We provide in-house training certificates as standard, however you can choose to upgrade to one recognised by our accredited training body.
In-house certificates are recognised by the HSE and insurance company. The certificates comply with the recommendation of the Health & Safety Commission Approved Code of Practice and Supplementary Guidance for Rider Operated Lift Trucks Operator Training (L117) A(L) A5 Issue 1-1 September 2000.