Getting workers the appropriate training on the equipment they will be using is extremely important, and with many businesses adapting the way they work, many workers will need to undergo conversion training.
Industry bodies have been talking to the HSE for clarification and guidance on this matter of training during a pandemic.
The HSE has issued a full statement in response:
“If requalification training cannot take place for reasons associated directly with coronavirus, such as closure of training facilities, unavailability of trainers/assessors or by complying with other government advice on isolation and social distancing, it may be reasonable and practicable to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months.
“To prevent accident and injury, the duty remains to ensure that staff are trained and competent to operate any industrial lift truck equipment, and this includes driver training, and the employer must be able to demonstrate that the driver is trained and competent.”