When it comes to ensuring fork lift trucks comply with LOLER and PUWER, more and more companies are adopting CFTS Thorough Examinations as their standard of choice…
But, according to CFTS, even Thorough Examinations need thorough examinations to guarantee confident compliance for truck users.
CFTS Technical Manager North Shaun Prendergast explains: “A Thorough Examination is about much more than the inspection itself. We pride ourselves on offering a truly comprehensive inspection. That’s why we demand that our accredited companies work to an agreed, quality-controlled, continuously assessed process.
“For example, anyone involved in the administrative aspects of Thorough Examination management – whether it’s processing paperwork or reminding users of their next inspection date – must have completed a CFTS Thorough Examination Manager course.
“This meets the specific needs of managers and their deputies: identifying their responsibilities; giving a detailed analysis of the CFTS Quality Assurance Procedural Code and explaining what that means in practice.”
CFTS has also taken steps to ensure that Competent Persons employed by accredited companies comply with the law.
Shaun explains: “HSE guidance (INDG422) states that Competent Persons should be ‘sufficiently independent and impartial to make objective decisions.”