Materials Handling Courses

Introduction
Lift trucks are widely used for moving materials and goods, but they are involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport accidents. The deaths and injuries caused can ruin lives and businesses. Even when an incident does not cause injury, it can still mean costly damage to lift trucks, buildings, fittings & goods.

ALM Training Services website is aimed at employers and those responsible for the safe operation of lift trucks, as well as those in control of work sites, the self-employed, managers and supervisors. Employees and their safety representatives may also find it useful.

As an employer you are required to provide basic training and testing for all lift-truck operators you employ (both new & existing). Properly trained operators can reduce the risk of lift-truck accidents in your workplace.

An ‘operator’ is anyone who operates a lift truck, even as a secondary or occasional part of their job, not only those whose job title is lift-truck operator.


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 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 website summarises the main points on operator training from the HSE Approved Code of Practise (L117) Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training and safe use. Approved code of Practise 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.

Categories of General Courses

  • Counter Balance Lift Truck (All Types)
  • Reach Truck
  • Pallet and Platform Trucks
  • Rough Terrain Trucks
  • Industrial Telescopic Materials
  • Handler
  • Pivot-Steel Lift Truck
  • Container Handler
  • Vehicle Mounted Lift Truck
  • Multi-Directional Lift Truck
  • Narrow-Aisle Man-Up Lateral
  • Stacking Truck
  • Narrow-Aisle Man-Down Lateral
  • Stacking Truck
  • Medium-Lift Order Picker
  • Low-lift Order Picker
  • Side Loader
  • Instructor
  • Emergency Escape From Height
  • Attachments
  • 5th Wheel Tractor Units (TUGS)
  • Container Reach-Stackers
  • Overhead Gantry Cranes
  • Counter-Balance Fork Lift Trucks (Up to 50t)
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Straddle Carriers
  • Slinging/Lifting

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