New regulations under the occupational Health, Safety and Welfare act 1986 relating to competency requirements for operators of forklift trucks took effect from 3 April 1995.
Under the regulations a person is not allowed to operate a forklift truck unless the person has been assessed by a registered assessor as being competent to operate the forklift truck in accordance with the “National guidelines for occupational health and safety competency standards for the operation of load shifting equipment and other types of specified equipment.”
WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN OPERATING FORKLIFT TRUCKS IN THE PAST?
All operators who complied with the requirements under the revoked regulations may continue to operate forklift trucks as if those regulations where still in operation. Certificates issued by interstate authorities will be recognized by this department.
- A properly trained lift truck operator can help:
- Reduce Lift Truck Downtime
- Limit Lost-Time Injuries
- Improve Driver Efficiency
- Minimize Product Damage and Accidents
- Improve Your Company's Bottom Line
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BE ASSESSED?
You must prove that you are competent in the following areas of forklift operation:
- Assess and secure equipment and work area
- Shift load
- Shut down equipment and secure site
The assessor will test you competency in the above areas and on satisfactory completion issue you with a certificate of assessment as evidence of your competence.
Hyster can contact an assessor and arrange for an assessment. Please note that a fee will be charged. You may need to provide evidence of training, qualifications or prior learning or experience.