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New testing standards announced

11 February 2021

Tests for counterbalance and reach truck training have been updated in line with new requirements and take effect on 8th January 2021.

The Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) has highlighted important new testing standards for counterbalance and reach truck operator courses following updates made by the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA).

The new standards will now include stand-on reach trucks (D3) and stand-on counterbalance trucks (B4). Some changes have been made to increase safety, for example audible warnings (horns) are now required as a mandatory item within pre-use checks. Other amends have been made to improve clarity: the reference “eye level” has been replaced by “medium level”.

Operators are also being given the opportunity to correct manoeuvres to encourage better recognition of mistakes. Candidates are now permitted to make an adjustment during the chicane segment of their test, without being penalised. This was due to feedback from instructors stating it is more beneficial to allow a candidate to stop and correct their position, rather than risk colliding with the chicane and being penalised further.

The amended testing standards take effect on 8th January 2021 and will be mandatory from 1st April 2021. Any tests held on or after this latter date that do not use the new standards will be invalid.

AITT MD Adam Smith said: “Industrial equipment is always evolving, so testing standards are regularly reviewed and improved where necessary. The testing standards for counterbalance and reach trucks have been updated to align with modern requirements and legislation, and training providers will need to familiarise themselves with the latest test papers. They don’t want to risk using out-of-date documents.

“Becoming an AITT member offers benefits for training providers as well as organisations that conduct their own in-house training, as they will receive access to the latest national training standards plus a wealth of useful training resources and information.”

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