Forklift training

Using a forklift presents a number of hazards, and each work environment may require training to suit its individual needs.

We have produced guidance for training operators and instructors of powered industrial lift trucks (forklifts).

Approved code of practice for training operators and instructors of powered industrial lift trucks (forklifts) outlines a standard of training that should be provided by forklift owners, managers and trainers of forklift owners, managers and trainers of forklift operators. It covers common causes of accidents, maintenance of forklifts, instructor registration and training programmes.

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

ACOP: Training Operators and Instructors of Power Industrial Lift Trucks (PDF 376 KB)