The main piece of forklift legislation that affects users and owners is the 1974 Health and safety at Work Act. This is the fundamental legislation on which all UK Health and Safety law is based. It is what is known as an enabling act: i.e. It states the law but leaves the interpretation of it to emplyers and individuals aided by Guidance notes, Approved Codes Of Practice and regulations. Read about the act here.
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations expects all companies to plan all lifting operations. In most cases the operations can be carried out as the operator was taught to do during his/her basic training. Read More
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations came into force on December 5th 1998 and affect all work equipment. They update the previous 1992 regulations and this time have an accompanying set of regulations in the form of the LOLER statutes. Read More
In 1989 an Approved Code of Practice was introduced. This is the single most important piece of forklift legislation affecting the training of forklift operators that has so far been introduced. This was revised in 1999 and again in 2013. Read More
Introduced in April 2008, the Corporate Manslaughter Act aims to penalise companies and company Directors in the event of accidents at work resulting in the death of persons. The ramifications of this legislation are far reaching. Read MoreDisclaimer. The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.