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FLTA Information Updates

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Read the joint statement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) now

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves in an ever-changing landscape.

The role of the FLTA has been to support all those involved with materials handling equipment by keeping everyone abreast of the latest information, guidance and best practice advice.

Content for this section is, therefore, kept under constant review and is being frequently expanded to deliver timely, expert and relevant resources designed to help you work safely and meet government requirements*.

We recommend that you visit the site regularly to ensure you are benefiting from the latest information and would encourage you to contact us if you require more specific advice or guidance. Please contact the FLTA office at admin@fork-truck.org.uk

*Some content in this Resource Centre reflects guidance from the UK Government. If you are located in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you may wish to ensure that this corresponds to information issued by your devolved Executive.

Government Advice

Below are the latest rules from 17th May 2021:


A poster for stage 3 can be downloaded here

For up-to-date business advice from the government visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

For further guidance to employers on claiming wages vists: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

NOTE (9th April 2021)

A new government campaign starts today urging everyone to get tested twice weekly. Although many will be able to access the tests via their workplace, for those working from home or family members who are not able to, you can now order your own tests.

The government link to the press release is below:


Pharmacies will be stocking test kits but if you prefer you can order test kits online, this link will take you to the page, you will need to register and commit to entering your results Online or contacting 119.

Lateral Flow Home Test link. https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

NOTE (14th December)
On Friday the government announced revised rules on Self Isolation (SI) from 14 days to 10 days coming into effect today.
The self-isolation guides on the Kernow HR Toolkit have been updated to reflect the new rules. https://www.kernowhr.uk/covid19coronavirus

Key Points to consider:

  • If you have an employee that is SI at the moment and they have completed at least 10 days and have no symptoms they may return to work.
  • If an employee develops symptoms within the 10 days, then the must continue to SI for a further 10 days.
  • If after 10 days the symptom of a high temperature is still present the employee must continue to SI until 48hrs after the fever, as they may still be infectious. They can contact 111 for further advice.
  • The SSP can be claimed back for the 10 days SI instead of the 14 days. (gov website still saying 14 days but this is expected to change)
  • It is also understood that the NHS Test and Trace app will not be updated until Thursday, however employees can return to work Monday – Thursday if they are within the new 10 day guidelines.

NOTE (2nd November):

The Government has issued updated guidance on the furlough scheme for the second lockdown.


NOTE (28th September):

From today new regulations regarding breaking of Self Isolation guidelines come into force.

Although it is ultimately an individual’s responsibility to follow the guidance, it is also clearly laid out the responsibility of the employer (reg 7).

This makes it an offence for an employer to knowingly permit a worker (including an agency worker) to attend any place other than where the individual is self-isolating.  This includes individuals who are required to self-isolate because they live with someone who has tested positive.  

So, if an employer knows a worker has tested positive (or lives with someone who has tested positive), it is now responsible for stopping the worker from working (unless they can work from home).  Any employer who fails to do so will face a fine, starting at £1,000.

There is also an obligation on the worker to tell their employer that they are self-isolating (reg 8).  Any individual who breaches self-isolation will, normally, commit a separate criminal offence (reg 11).

For further details the link to the published regulations is:


NOTE (24th July):

The Government has issued updated guidance on Working safely during coronavirus.

As the rules for PPE use, travel, face coverings and working from home have been updated, the following pages have been updated to reflect the changes:

Additionally, Offices and Contact Centres, section 2.3 has been updated with regards to ventilation in offices.

NOTE (26th June):

There are ongoing changes to the Flexible Furlough Scheme and updated FFS agreements have been added below (both for those on regular working patterns and variable working patterns) 

More information can be found by logging into the Kernow HR site: kernowhr.uk/covid19coronavirus

NOTE (15th April):
The government has just issued an announcement changing the qualifying date of the Job Retention Scheme from 28th February to 19th March 2020.  This will enable you to furlough those employees who started with you in early March.
The exact wording is:
The employer must have a pay as you earn (“PAYE”) scheme registered on HMRC’s real time information system for PAYE on 19 March 2020 (“a qualifying PAYE scheme”).
Full information from HMRC can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme


Visit our Knowledge Hub where we will be providing answers to the biggest questions you want to know as this situation progresses.

Collaborative Documents

During this crisis we are working with other industry bodies and organisations to share and distribute up-to-date advice and guidance as the situation unfolds.


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