Are your MHE returning operators safe to start work?

Things to consider:

  1. Assess operators skills – Depending on how long an operator has been away from their normal role, it may be advisable to evaluate their current skill levels. This is to ensure no skill-fade has taken place during recent months, which could result in unsafe operation. Assessments can be carried out in-house by a qualified, competent person, or by an external provider.
  2. Identify any Training requirements – Once the operator has been assessed, any training requirements will be highlighted. If they have missed any refresher training during lockdown, this will need to be arranged, where possible (the HSE have issued guidance regards any required extensions to refresher periods during the outbreak. Many businesses will also have altered site layouts and processes to incorporate social distancing, and there may be new COVID-19 safety measures that the operator has to follow, including new Safe Systems of Work. All of this will likely affect the operator’s daily tasks and route around the site. Job-specific and familiarisation training will be key here, to help the operator get up to speed on how to complete their duties within the context of their updated site.
  3. Training delivery should be in accordance with current Government advice – Any MHE operator training that takes place will need to be done in a safe way that aligns with government and HSE guidance. Social distancing must be maintained at all times and precautions taken to protect everyone from the risk of infection.
  4. Recommission equipment – If equipment has been stood down during the past few weeks, it will need to be prepared for reintroduction to service, instructions for which will be included in the operator manual. A Thorough Examination Report will show whether an inspection is due. CFTS have prepared a practical 3 point plan HERE