Could you be the Materials Handling Equipment Training Provider of the Year?

The Talent in Logistics Awards 2017 take place on 22nd June in Telford to reward the exceptional people and teams that keep the transport logistics sector in the UK and Ireland moving. 

Operating materials handling and plant equipment safely and efficiently is a highly skilled job. Unfortunately, it is not always viewed as a skilled profession where good training makes all the difference to the standard of the operator/driver.  To recognise these seldom celebrated professionals, the Talent in Logistics Awards will reward the Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) Training Provider of the Year and the Lift Truck Instructor of the Year.

ITSSAR members are urged to enter now at Entering the awards is completely free of charge, quick and easy.

This MHE Training Provider of the Year Award is for an outstanding commer­cial training provider who has exceeded their customers’ expectations by improving safety and efficiency through the delivery of quality training.

The Lift Truck Instructor of the Year Award,open to all currently qualified forklift instructors, rewards instructors for their ongoing dedication to high quality training, safety and efficiency.

Entering the Awards will help organisations demonstrate and prove their commitment to quality training and CSR and provide excellent PR opportunities, internally and externally.

Enter now:

New Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance and Reach

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) is very pleased to release the revised Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (B1) and Reach (D1 & D2) trucks.

It is not mandatory to implement the new test immediately, however the new test will need to be in use by training organisations from 1st September 2017. Any tests held on or after this date that do not use the new format will be invalid.

The ABA worked with a range of stakeholders, including training organisations, trade associations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers, to produce a test which more closely reflects the modern working environment and the needs of employers and industry at large. This is the first time the test has been updated since 2000.

We would strongly encourage everyone to read the new test in detail to ensure they are aware of all of the changes. Below are some of the key changes (please note this list is not finite):

13 of the 22 elements described in the pre-use inspection test have been deemed safety critical. The test candidate must carry out a full and correct check of these items, failure to do so will result in an automatic referral in this element of the test

Candidates will be disqualified from the practical skills test if they incur more than 3 (i.e. 4 or more) 5 point penalties in any one area

A number of elements in the practical skills test have had their penalty award increased

In the bank of multiple choice questions there are 5 mandatory questions. These must appear in every question paper. If a candidate gets any of the mandatory questions incorrect then the overall result of the association knowledge examination will be a referral (regardless of the overall score)

ITSSAR Instructors and Training Organisations who have previously purchased the course syllabus manual can receive the updated course syllabus and associated paper work free of charge, if sent by email. Please email, Jo will check our records and then forward the updated manual to you.

'Out of the Norm’ Trucks

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has received a number of enquiries about instructing on trucks that are slightly out of the norm and the required instructor operator qualifications, for example a vehicle mounted telescopic truck. In this example the ABA was asked if someone holding a vehicle mounted lift truck operator certificate; ABA code; T(B1) and a rough terrain telescopic certificate; ABA code J2  would be able to train on a vehicle mounted telescopic truck. It was agreed that if an Instructor can provide evidence of adequate basic training on both machine types and specific training (as described in the ACOP L117), then they may instruct on the vehicle mounted telescopic truck.

Cases like this would need to be approved by the instructor’s accrediting body before training commences. From the example above, if the Instructor held a certificate for a Vehicle Mounted Lift Truck; T(B1) only, they would not be able to instruct on a Vehicle Mounted Telescopic Truck.

Please do drop us a message if you have any questions at all about this, we are here to help.

 Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) 

 At the recent meeting of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) much discussion took place over the categorisation of the Crown Wave and other similar machines such as Bravi Platforms’ spin-go and sprint machines .

 The machines are used in a wide variety of settings and for multiple purposes. The machines have not been designed to meet MEWP regulations however they are used as a working platform to perform functions such as order picking and changing lightbulbs, they are also able to be driven elevated and boom vertically; 3A is therefore the most appropriate category for this machine type given its operational characteristics and implementation. All ABA members therefore agreed that the ABA grouping for these machines would be 3A.

 We hope this clears up the previous confusion regarding what category the Crown Wave etc. fell into.

 If you are unclear about what machines fall into which grouping at any time please do not hesitate to contact your accrediting body or the ABA at any time, we are here to help. 

Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) 

The latest meeting of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) was held on Thursday 17th November at AITT. One of the key areas for discussion was the new operator testing arrangements for Counterbalance and Reach trucks. Previously the ABA held a focus group to discuss the current testing arrangements with a wide range of stakeholders, including training organisations, trade associations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers. The group felt that the test needed updating and since that time the ABA has been working hard on updating the test to ensure that accredited training is market-leading and delivers safe and efficient lift truck operators. We have incorporated the comments and feedback from the focus group and will be in a position to make an official announcement and release the new test on Monday 30th January 2017.  It will not be mandatory for accredited organisations to use the new test immediately. On 30th January we will release further details about the lead in time for implementation.  At the February meeting of the ABA it is to be decided which machine test will be subject to the next review and updates, if you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments on this please do drop us a message.

Balfour Beatty sets aside £25m for OSH penalties

Please be advised

Company HGV Training do not hold ITSSAR accreditation.



Wow what an advert, This is the new John Lewis training centre at Magna Park, Milton Keynes. Credit to Paul Flynn ITSSAR tutor for a 1st Class centre to be opened shortly.

Please be advised

Company Euro Shaf Training Services Ltd - do not hold ITSSAR accreditation they have not done since 20th May 2013.


13th May 2016:

Build UK Drives Standards for Construction

Build UK continues to drive positive change in the UK’s construction industry, building on its progress over the past eight months with the release of two new industry standards.

The Safety Helmet Colours and Training Standards, drafted in consultation with, and the full support of, Build UK members to develop best practice and ensure the effective delivery of construction projects across the UK.

Using simple colour coding to identify on-site personnel, the Safety Helmet Colours Standard provides a clear and consistent approach to improve communication and safety across construction projects. The Training Standard, which was developed in response to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) recommendation to specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, will help contractors to assess the competence of construction workers, along with their eligibility to work on-site.

The latest standards follow an impressive period of activity for Build UK since its inception in 2015, a period which has seen the organisation use its substantial weight to make a difference to a number of industry issues including illegal working, prequalification, payment, the skills shortage and the procurement of British steel.

The response from Build UK members has been extremely positive and Julie White, Chairman of the Training and Skills Leadership Group, said:

"We’ve had some great, open discussion at our Build UK member forums and it’s fantastic to see the new industry standards taking shape. Both the Safety Helmet and Training Standards provide clear and practical help for everyone working on-site, showing that by improving our working relationships and using our collective voice, we can make a real difference to the industry”.

Please click the link for Training Standard, on page 5 you can now find the ITSSAR name.

In addition to a card carrying the CSCS logo individuals may need to have undertaken supplementary training to operate specific machinery, plant, or tools or to carry out certain activities. E.g. a steelwork erector would hold a steel erector card issued by CSCS and if required to use a MEWP would also hold an IPAF or other relevant card to cover this training. Cards or certificates issued by these organisations ( Training Standard page5) or schemes will only be recognised in addition to the individual holding an appropriate card carrying the CSCS logo.

11th May 2016: 

MEWP category groupings

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20th April 2016:

Speed control failure killed forklift driver


An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that Severfield (UK) did not enforce seat

belt use or control the speed at which some FLT operators drove their trucks.


Teesside Crown Court heard that 27-year-old Kelvin McGibbon was not wearing a seatbelt when his truck overturned after hitting some steps on 13 March 2013. He died from crush injuries.

The company pleaded guilty to a non-causative breach of regulation 5(1) of the Management of

Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was fined £135,000, and ordered to pay costs of



A non-causative breach means that the offence was deemed not to be a significant cause of the fatal accident.


Speaking after the case HSE inspector David Welsh said: "The prosecution shows that the company’s management of FLT driving operations and risk control measure failed with tragic consequences.”


 Article dateTuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:15

Published on IOSH Magazine (

 ABA Workplace Transport bi meeting

 Meeting was held at RTITB on Tuesday 6th April 2016, next meeting to be held at NPORS in July 2016.

ITSSAR Networking events 13th March 2016:
ITSSAR is planning to hold a series of network events for Training Providers in Scotland, Ireland Northern and Southern England. These events are aimed at promoting ITSSAR and giving the training providers an opportunity to meet the team outside of their monitoring roles and network with other similar training providers.    

Industrial Truck Groupings - 11th March 2016:
ITSSAR have launched the new ABA approved industrial truck groupings that should promote consistency across the four members of the ABA. Instructors will have the option to return their ID cards to be updated with the new groupings free of charge.


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