Safer Site Essentials ONE: Management

As a manager or supervisor, you set the standards and working practices that keep everyone in your organisation safe — so equip your leaders first, and the rest should follow.

Things to do…

Choose a Fork Lift Safety Champion

Your fork lift safety programmes will be more effective if one person oversees the effort (it might be you, or it might not). They will need to be:

·         Committed to improving the safety of your fork lift truck operations

·         Willing to dedicate the time to supervise and oversee safety improvements

·         Appropriately trained to take on a role of such responsibility

·         Competent enough to identify and assess potential hazards in the workplace

·         Confident enough to lead internal meetings and act appropriately when bad practice occurs

Organise Manager & Supervisor Training

When it comes to ensuring safety, managers have ultimate responsibility. They don’t need to be able to operate a fork lift truck, but do need the skills and knowledge to:

·         Understand all tasks performed and the risks involved

·         Oversee regular inspections of the site and equipment

·         Ensure action is taken to keep both in good shape

·         Make sure practices are in place to minimize risk

·         Know that different pieces of materials handling equipment are suitable for different tasks and carry different risks

It might well be that you need dedicated management training.  Many FLTA members offer training and there is a national provider here.

Download L117 ACoP – and read it

This short, illustrated publication from the HSE is the fork lift managers’ bible. It outlines the seven main pieces of legislation regulating the use of industrial trucks, and the main things you need to do to stay within the law. Every fork lift manager should have a copy.

You can buy a copy of L117 from the FLTA webshop, or download a PDF copy from the HSE website here

Share Best Practice and Learn from Others

Seeing how other sites are organised, identifying their problems and looking at what safety precautions they have taken, can be a real eye-opener. It will provide you with ideas and options that you can take back and implement on your own site.

Useful Reading

The following documents are available from the FLTA to help with your safe management

·         Stakeholder list (choose the right safety champion)

·         Useful publications list

·         Case studies

·         Supervisor presentation

Next Step: 2: Safe Operators