If you want to be a forklift driver or you are an employer of forklift operators then UK health and safety stipulates that you will need to get your forklift certification and training and this site aims to give you all the advice and information for you to get certified and get a job.
Certification will sometimes be referred to as a forklift licence, but there is no actual licence involved and just a certificate for completing training and proving your competency. Every year thousands of injuries occur as a result of improper use of fork life trucks, and the aim of training is to minimise the risk to both employees and also employers.
Why do I need certification?
As mentioned, you will need your certification to comply with health and safety as it is a legal requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) that you get the required training for any mechanical equipment you are operating and this includes forklifts.
If you get a job which requires you to operate a forklift then you will have to undergo this forklift certification which your employer will have to provide, but if you already have your certification then you are one step ahead of other workers and this can increase your chances of employment.
There are also financial benefits as having your forklift certification will instantly make you a more attractive prospect to potential employers and could also result in increased wages and salary so what’s stopping you getting your certification? You can earn more money with one than without.
If you are an employer then as well as complying with health and safety practice you will also find other benefits will arise from having well trained employees: less equipment damage, lower insurance premiums, higher workrates and less waste and damaged stock, and don’t forget that fewer accidents also means lower potential legal costs, so after the initial outlay you will be saving money.
Courses vary from 1 day to 5 days depending on your level of experience, ranging from novice to refresher training, and so there is no typical content but subjects involved will include theory and practical of operating a forklift along with various safety aspects and best-practice when using a heavy and potentially dangerous piece of equipment like a forklift.
How much does it cost?
The price of certification and training varies depending on a variety of factors so please read this article to find out more.
Most of the time these costs can be covered by your employer and you won’t have to pay a penny so have a look around, get the info, and get trained.