The Law

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place certain requirements on employers. You must make sure that all people who use, supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training, which includes:

the correct use of the equipment;

any risks from its use;

the precautions to take.

If you are self-employed, you need to do the same type of training, and achieve the same standard, as employers are required to provide to their employees.

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for lift-truck operator training

This leaflet summarises the main points on operator training from the HSE Approved Code of Practice (L117) Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training and safe use. Approved Code of Practice and guidance (see ‘Find out more’). L117 covers the training requirements for operators of stacking rider-operated lift trucks.

‘Rider-operated’ means any truck capable of carrying an operator and includes trucks controlled from both seated and stand-on positions, which may be fixed or fold-away.