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Mentor: ABA Operator training register “an important step forward”

Mentor FLT Training, one of the UK’s leading providers of workplace transport training, has welcomed the roll out of the Accrediting Bodies Association’s operator training register as “an important step forward” in standardising workplace transport training.

Introduced by the Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) in September, the operator training register has been designed to give employers more confidence in verifying the authenticity of training certification presented by potential employees.

The scheme is the result of close co-operation between members of the ABA for workplace transport, whose founders include AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB.

Mentor Technical Manager Andy Cartwright explains: “This is an important step forward for workplace transport training… and for employers.

“Behind this move, the ABA’s primary aim is to standardise the quality of training and create a robust archive of training records. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce incidents, injuries and fatalities while helping employers improve their productivity and profitability, by allowing them to quickly check and validate training for current or prospective employees with the accrediting body.

Under the scheme, all operators completing courses run by ABA associated training providers will be added to a national register maintained by each accrediting body. Operators completing training with Mentor, for example, would have details of their accredited training recorded in a central register held by AITT.

Details of the courses undertaken and the types of machinery involved will be held within the operator training registers for each accrediting body, who will be responsible for ensuring that training meets the required standards. Upon completion of the checking procedure, the operator will be given the relevant certification and a unique ID number.

The ABA was formed in 2012 following the Health and Safety Executive’s review of L117 (Rider-operated lift trucks. Operator training and safe use. Approved Code of Practice and Guidance).

During consultation, it was decided that the HSE would no longer manage the accreditation scheme. Instead, the scheme’s management would be handed back to the accrediting bodies, with the HSE taking an advisory role.

To meet the needs of the new situation, the ABA was formed. Its code of practice’s requirements included the establishment of a national operator training register.

“When you are looking for training, look for the ABA logo,” advises Andy Cartwright. “It’s a sign that your training will meet the high standards required.”

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