The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) is very pleased to release the Basic Operating Skills Test for Pedestrian and Rider Pallet Trucks (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)
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 December 2019. 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, and gained valuable from the ABA summit last year, which included training organisations, trade associations, unions, lift truck manufacturers and the HSE, to produce a test which more closely reflects the modern working environment and the needs of employers and industry at large.
We would strongly encourage everyone to read the new test in detail to ensure they are aware of all of the changes.
Please download the standards here: ABA BOST A Category V1.3 .0819 (no questions)
(Please note these standards have the questions removed, if you wish to have the full version, please contact your accrediting body.
Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback on the new test. At the next ABA summit in October will will be progressing with standardising the testing for ABA categories E, F, C, and J.
Please find below an updated version of the B1/D1/D2 testing standards.
Please note, these updates are purely pictorial and grammatical changes. There is not wholesale changes to the standards within this new version.
The ABA be will hosting a “testing standards” workshop for A and Z categories trucks (Rider / Pedestrian / Manual Trucks) on the 24th October at the Ricoh arena, Coventry.
Each awarding body will be inviting representatives from their accredited training providers, with a view to discuss and agree a new set of testing standards for these categories of trucks.
It promises to be a very productive event and if you wish to attend, please contact your relevant awarding body for an invite.
The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) are pleased to release the revised Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (B1) and Reach (D1 & D2) trucks
Please download the latest version with the updates effective from 1st September 2018.
The next meeting of the ABA will be taking place on 28th September 2017. This meeting will begin proceedings for standardising the A and Z ABA categories and further information on the development of these categories will be released in due course. We urge all training organisations to look out for developments regarding these categories as we will be looking for participants for a focus group and overall feedback to assist with the development when this project gets underway.
The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has announced the release of updated ABA workplace transport codes. Changes to these codes include:
- M1 category now covers both electric and I.C.E
- M1 category has been changed to be entitled multi directional counterbalance
- New category has been created which is M3 multi directional reach truck
- A second new category has been added which is G6 container straddle carrier remote control
Following the ABA’s meeting in February 2017, Ernest Martin and Ricky Durkin from Combilift presented an overview of Combilift’s range to the ABA members and have since provided the ABA with a full categorisation of their machines in relation to the ABA’s workplace transport codes.
Combilift’s machines have been categorised as follows;
On the new update, Nick Welch, Chairman of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA), commented: “Following in-depth consultation with Combilift, the innovative and global lifting equipment manufacturer based in Ireland, the ABA are pleased to announce that to further clarify the ABA Workplace Transport Groupings the wide and varying range of lifting equipment that Combilift manufacture has now been fully integrated into these category groupings, with the addition of one new group (G6) . A new version of the Workplace Transport Groupings has been produced (V4) so please destroy any previous editions and courtesy of Combilift, images of the Combilift range have also been included.”
The ABA asks that all training organisations cease using their previous code listing, and commence using the updated ABA Group list which can be downloaded from the ABA website.
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.
Download the new test now. 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)
Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback on the new test. At the next ABA meeting the members will be deciding which truck test they will develop next. If you have suggestions please let us know.
The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has announced Nick Welch as Chairman, effective from 1st January 2017.
The chairman of the ABA is appointed on an annual basis and at the most recent meeting, held on 17th November 2016, the time came for a new Chairman to be declared. Nick, who is currently RTITB Head of Technical Services, was voted as the new chairman, replacing Huw Jones from NPORS who held the position for three years.
During his time as chairman, Huw did a fantastic job and really brought the ABA forward. We hope all members join us in thanking him for his hard work and service to the ABA.
We would like to congratulate Nick on his new position and ask you to join us in wishing him luck in his new appointed role.
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.