The HSE has issued a publication: L117 Rider Operated Lift Truck Operator Training and Safe Use (Edition 3 2013).
This publication sets out clear guidelines for the training standard that rider operated lift truck instructors and operators are expected to reach.
Although following this guidance is not compulsory, if you do follow this guidance, you will be doing enough to comply with the law.
However, you need to be aware that "Health and Safety Inspectors" will seek to secure compliance with the law by referring to this guidance.
The "Health and Safety Commission" has approved this guidance (or Code) and it further gives advice on how to comply with it.
Important Point: this Code has a special legal status.
If you are prosecuted for breach of the "Health and Safety Law", and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of the Code, a court will find you at fault.
That is, unless you can show that you have complied with the Code in some other way.
You, as a training provider, trainer or instructor, are therefore on your own, if need be, to prove that your training is HSE compliant.
BRITTOP is an accrediting body and registration scheme for trainers, instructors and training providers in the warehouse, plant and construction industries.
As such, BRITTOp will ensure that all trainers, instructors and operators registered with BRITTOp meet the HSE requirements L117.
We encourage you to register with us, BRITTOp, as you will enjoy the following benefits:
- we will be able provide you with an optional documentation package that will assert that the training you offer is in compliance with L117.
- every time an individual undertakes training with you, you will be able to update his/her training credientials in our database.
This way, you will be able to gradually build a training needs analysis for each of your successful trainees registered with us.
Note that all training providers, trainers and instructors registered with BRITTOp will be subject to an annual audit.
By being registered with us, BRITTOp, you will enjoy the following benefits:
- if you have been trained to the (HSE) standard, then we will issue you with a certificate and an optional ID photo card that will clearly identify you.
- this ID card will carry a QR code that will be able to be scanned to access your training credentials in our database.
This information will show exactly what training you have undertaken (and when), and on what groups of equipment.
It will also indicate when further training or refresher training should be undertaken.
Note that this database is fully compliant with the requirements of the GDP Regulations.
BRITTOp is a member of the "British Safety Council (BSC)" and the "Off Highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre (OPERC)".
BRITTOp has been specifically set up to use the latest technology to ensure that all training be compliant with the L117 requirements.
It does so at a significantly reduced cost to training providers, trainers and instructors, thus removing the temptation to cut corners.
So, if you are a trainer or a training provider in the warehouse, plant and construction industries, join us!
We want to hear from you about how we can improve the training standards and effect a simpler administration.
Our BRITTOp accredited training providers do training on all the machines listed further down the page, including the common ones:
- the counterbalance forklift truck course,
- telehandler (telescopic handler) course,
- dumper truck course, and
- excavator course.
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