• Document No.

  • Audit Title

  • Client / Site

  • Conducted on

  • Competent person

  • Location
  • Person being assessed

Assessor Competancy

  • The assessor must be trained as per PUWER Regulation 9 Section 2.2 and have a full understanding of all plant vehicle operation that they are to assess. If you require further information, contact Ian Lumsden Tech IOSH, MIIRSM (ITSSAR Registered Instructor /Examiner ) by Email:

Type of Training

  • Full basic training.

  • Refresher course.

  • Existing uncertified.

  • Training with restrictions.

Site Specific and Restrictions

  • Operation restrictions, depending on the training the operator receives for relevant on site operations and can vary from full training to specific job requirements.
    All ticked items reflect what operations are site relevant.

  • Full operating.

  • Loading and unloading vehicles.

  • Bulk stacking.

  • Racking system, with hight restrictions.


  • Subjects ticked below identify the subject areas taught during the operator training course.

  • Course introduction and induction

  • Legal responsibilities

  • Introduction to the work equipment

  • Controls and instrumentation

  • Mount, start up, shut down and dismount

  • Use of hydraulic controls ( travel and park)

  • Moving off and stoping ( normal and emergency)

  • Elementary steering open area

  • Manoeuvring (open and confined spaces)

  • Refuelling (battery, LPG or Deisel)

  • Operator Pre use checks

  • Handling various loads (ground level)

  • Principles of stacking (stability)

  • Capacity plate (weight assessment)

  • Stacking and de-stacking (all levels)

  • Operating in simulated working aisle

  • Operating on various terrain

  • Vehicle loading and Un-loading

  • Working with attachments

  • Explanation of test requirements

  • Test results and recommendations given

  • The subject areas indicated above have been clearly identified, explained and demonstrated by the course instructor. I have participated in both practical and theoretical sessions where I have practiced and clarified any points of doubt. All the test results and recommendations have been explained.

  • Trainee signature

Operator Details

  • Has the operator a valid certificate of training that has been passed or refreshed within the last three years?

  • ITSSAR / RTITB Certificate has been checked by the assessor?

  • Date of previous test, refresher course or assessment?

  • If an operator has no proof of training held on record, they must not operate a forklift truck until proof of training Competancy has been proven?

  • Has the operator an up to date authorisation to operate by the company, signed and renewable annually?

  • Date of previous signed authorisation operate the plant vehicle?

  • Department?

  • Operator Name?

Operator Medical

  • It is good practice for all operators and potential operators to be screened for fitness before employment and again at regular intervals in middle age. Examination at age 40 and thereafter at 5 yearly intervals up to the age of 65 is recommended. Operators over 65 should be screened annually. Examination is also recommended in all cases after an accident or sickness absence of more than one month or after a shorter period if it appears that the illness may affect fitness to operate

  • Date of last medical?

  • Operator medical outcome?

Operational frequency of use.

  • Operator use category?

Plant Vehicle

  • Type of plant equipment?


  • Forklift truck attachments?

Motive Power

  • Lift truck motive power?

Daily Safety Inspection

  • The operator completes the safety Pre-shift safety inspection correctly?

  • The operator fully understands the capacity information plate?

  • The operator understands the correct fault reporting procedures?

  • If a fault has been found, the lift truck must be parked up in a safe place and the key removed. The fault must be made to a member of the management team.

Operator Safety & Observation

  • The operator mounts / dismounts correctly?

  • Uses the seatbelt correctly?

  • Keeps body parts within the confines of the vehicle?

  • Operator looks in the direction of travel?

  • Correct use of the horn when appropriate?

  • Follows the correct procedures for an "unattended" vehicle?

  • Operator had good all round safety observation?

Steering & Operating Controls

  • Starts and stops smoothly?

  • Correct use of the steering assistor?

  • Travels unintentionally in the wrong direction?

  • Brakes harshly / erratically?

  • Releases the parking brake prior to moving off?

  • Operator rides the foot brake?

  • Operates the hydraulic controls when the lift truck is in motion?

  • Rough use of hydraulic controls?

  • Operates and understands the controls?

Competency In Load Capacity

  • Operator matches load with the trucks capacity?

  • Operator checks the load for stability?

Manoeuvring & Transportation

  • Forks to high when traveling?

  • Forks to low when traveling?

  • Operating in reverse, looking in the direction of travel to the correct ratio?

  • Operates at a speed consistent with the type of load and working conditions?

  • Operator performs safe manoeuvring with the lift truck and load!

Stacking & de-stacking

  • Incorrect set down at a vertical face?

  • Operator applies the park brake when operating the hydraulics?

  • Operator applies neutral when operating the hydraulics?

  • Fork arms central under the load?

  • Fork arms not rubbing (entry / withdrawal)?

  • Fork tips touch the stack / load?

  • Forks / load not level?

  • Load correctly stacked?

  • Fork arms not fully inserted (undercut) ?

  • It is some times necessary to undercut a load due to the nature of where it is to be located. It must remain within the limits of the capacity plate.


  • The operator correctly applies the park brake?

  • The operator sets the direction lever to the neutral position?

  • The operator correctly apples forward tilt?

  • The operator correctly lowers the fork arms?

  • The manoeuvring wheels are in the straight position?

  • The operator switches off and removes the key?

Assessment Recommendations & Evaluations

  • Training report.

  • Assessors Comments


  • Date and time of assessment

  • Operator signature

  • Assessor signature

Authorisation to operate company plant vehicles

  • The company is required to have its operators under the provisions required in ACOP L117, to have written authorisation signed by the operator and the HR; or a nominated senior manager. The authorisation must be renewed annually.

  • A separate assessment and authorisation must be carried out for all types of plant equipment.

  • Type of plant equipment that the employee is authorised to operate?

  • Date of authorisation.

  • Managers signature.

  • Operator signature

  • Date of the next assessment and written authorisation?

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