HSE overhauls lift truck safety guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a revised version of their Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) on lift truck training and safety, L117 – Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training and safe use. It combines and revises the previous edition of the ACOP and parts of HSG 6 – Safety in working with lift trucks.

The ACOP is aimed at employers and those responsible for the safe operation of lift trucks, as well as those in control of work sites, the self-employed, managers and supervisors. Others involved with lift trucks, such as trade union health and safety representatives and lift truck trainers, may also find it useful. It does not replace formal training.

The ACOP includes:

  • an outline of the main legal requirements relating to lift trucks;
  • the ACOP text and associated guidance on operator training for stacking rider-operated lift trucks. This will help employers meet their legal obligations to make sure all operators receive adequate training;
  • information on features of the lift truck you need to consider;
  • guidance on the safe use of lift trucks and how to protect pedestrians;
  • guidance on the maintenance and thorough examination of lift trucks.

Even though the ACOP and guidance on training apply to stacking rider-operated lift trucks and do not explicitly cover all types of lift truck, the general principles can be used as a guide when training operators of other truck types.

The HSE has also produced a simple leaflet for employers, INDG462 – Lift-truck training: Advice for employers and a pocket card for operators, INDG457 – Use lift trucks safely: Advice for operators. Both are available from the HSE website.