Operatives who have received Forklift Training often question why their certification does not have an expiry date. In the case of Forklift training accredited by the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR), the reason for this is that ITSSAR consider that every person is different. It would therefore be unfair to include a specific date at which time a Telehandler training certificate should be refreshed as much depends on the individual and how frequently they exercise their driver skills. A person who operates a Telehandler as part of their everyday job, it can be reasonably expected will not need to refresh their Telehandler training as frequently as another worker who may only use a Lift Truck just once every other month.
It is also the position of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that refresher Forklift training does not need to be undertaken at set intervals. Rather discretion should be exercised at all times by Forklift Truck drivers and their employers to provide update training and ensure that they continue to operate Forklift trucks safely. Employers may choose to do this using set intervals as a model for ensuring the continued competence of their Forklift operators. However it should be noted that Forklift training alone will not guarantee competence. Competence develops from experience and supervision. As far as is reasonably practicable, employers should routinely monitor Telehandler operator activities with a view to booking a Telehandler training session with an ITSSAR training provider when update training is needed.
The Health and Safety Executive do state on their website that workplace transport personnel should refresh their training every 3 – 5 years. This applies to operators of all types of vehicles and not just Counterbalance Forklift , Reach Truck, Telehandlers, Sideloaders etc. This can be assumed as a guideline for when refresher Forklift training should be undertaken.
It is recommended that employers keep dated records of all Forklift Training so that they are aware of when this period has lapsed. It is a requirement of Telehandler training providers that they also maintain such training records and in many cases the training provider will contact employers about refresher Telehandler training. This encompasses a part of the training providers service and is, after all, good for business. As many business owners know it is easier to retain a customer than to gain a new one.