May 2018 -warns how the risks are increased by unaccredited “in-house” forklift training

Following the theme from our March Blog, RTITB warns about the risks of using unaccredited forklift training companies.

Laura Nelson, RTITB Managing Director says that the failings of in-house training only become apparent when there is an incident. Accredited training is externally verified and confirmed as meeting the requirements of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Regulation 9.

Even if the in-house forklift training programme includes delivery of a course by RTITB registered instructor, this does not provide training at the level compliant with PUWER explains Laura Nelson. Likewise, companies using accredited training organisations to deliver an ‘in-house only’ certificate are also not providing training at an independently verified standard.

RTITB accreditation of a company enables the business to deliver training that is compliant with relevant legislation and Codes of Practice,” says Laura, explaining that in the event of an incident, RTITB accreditation also means businesses and their employees can prove high quality training has been provided and that appropriate safety measures have been taken. And in turn reduce costs and improve efficiencies in their business.

Accredited training offers a clear record of what was covered in the training and the duration of the training, as well as information to confirm that testing took place under the proper conditions. Conversely, in-house courses may not cover all of the required topics for skilled operation and safety and in addition, the testing process cannot be guaranteed to have been administered correctly and fairly.  In the event of an accident, in-house training may not have the protection of a clear audit trail demonstrating that they have done what is required by law.

Wallace School of Transport is a fully accredited RTITB company and therefore rest assured that you will receive the best possible forklift training at an affordable cost.

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