Forklift FAQs

Q. Do operators need training?
A. Yes. It is a legal requirement that all operators have recognised training for the equipment being used

Q. Do those who use pallet trucks need training?
A. Yes, not least so that the employer complies with PUWER regulations.

Q. Do managers or supervisors need to be trained?
A. Yes. "PUWER*" regulations 1998 state that "All persons who supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training for the purpose of Health and Safety.

Q. Do trucks have to be inspected daily?
A. Yes. A qualified forklift operator must inspect forklifts at the start of every shift.We can provide daily check sheets for your equipment.

Q. Will one certificate cover an operator for all trucks?
A. No the certificate will only cover an operator for the type of equipment that they have undergone training for. For instance a counterbalance licence will not cover an operator for a reach truck.

Q. Will the certification cover our company for Health and Safety and Insurance purposes?
A. Yes Data Academy is a fully accredited company with ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register) All training courses are to the National Standards.

Q. Can training be completed on our company premises?
A. Yes. On-site training is a good idea. It gives operators the opportunity to practice in their working environment. Sufficient room must be made available for the practical off-job training. If you are unsure of the room required please contact Data Academy to discuss.

Q. Do operators need a car driving licence?
A. No. A driving licence for a car is not needed unless forklifts are being driven on the road.

Q.How many candidates can attend the course at one time?
A. Our instructors can train up to 3 candidates on a course.

Q. Do operators have to be retested?
A. Yes. Under Health and Safety guidelines, operators of forklift trucks have to be retested at regular intervals. This is normally every 3-5 years.