Next ABA Meeting

The next meeting of the ABA will take place on the 28th February 2017 at AITT. Any feedback or questions regarding the release of the newly revised Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (B1) and Reach (D1 & D2) trucks will be discussed in this meeting. If you have any feedback or questions please do email them to us. Of course we’ll keep you updated and post some notes from the meeting as soon as possible.

New Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance and Reach

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.

New ABA Chairman Appointed

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.

‘Out of the Norm’ Trucks

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.

Latest Update to ABA Code of Practice

The Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) for Workplace Transport is pleased to announce the latest update of the ABA Code of Practice, which cites the operating criteria for accrediting bodies who are members of the ABA and the relevant codes of conduct, application procedures and constitution.

We would urge all organisations who are accredited by one of the members of the ABA to download a copy for their reference.

Download your copy now.

 Application not design standards decide ABA categories

At the recent meeting of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) much discussion took place over the categorisation of the Crown Wave and other similar machines such as Bravi Platforms’ spin-go and sprint machines .

The machines are used in a wide variety of settings and for multiple purposes. The machines have not been designed to meet MEWP regulations however they are used as a working platform to perform functions such as order picking and changing lightbulbs, they are also able to be driven elevated and boom vertically; 3A is therefore the most appropriate category for this machine type given its operational characteristics and implementation. All ABA members therefore agreed that the ABA grouping for these machines would be 3A.

We hope this clears up the previous confusion regarding what category the Crown Wave etc. fell into.

If you are unclear about what machines fall into which grouping at any time please do not hesitate to contact your accrediting body or the ABA at any time, we are here to help.

ABA Meeting 17th November 2016

The latest meeting of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) was held on Thursday 17th November at AITT. One of the key areas for discussion was the new operator testing arrangements for Counterbalance and Reach trucks.

Previously the ABA held a focus group to discuss the current testing arrangements with a wide range of stakeholders, including training organisations, trade associations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers. The group felt that the test needed updating and since that time the ABA has been working hard on updating the test to ensure that accredited training is market-leading and delivers safe and efficient lift truck operators. We have incorporated the comments and feedback from the focus group and will be in a position to make an official announcement and release the new test on Monday 30th January 2017. It will not be mandatory for accredited organisations to use the new test immediately. On 30th January we will release further details about the lead in time for implementation.

At the February meeting of the ABA it is to be decided which machine test will be subject to the next review and updates, if you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments on this please do drop us a message.

Next ABA Meeting

The next meeting of the ABA will take place on 17th November 2016 at AITT. Agenda items for consideration and discussion include revised tests for Counterbalance and Reach trucks. Of course we’ll keep you updated and post some notes from the meeting as soon as possible.

ABA’s new workplace transport equipment list tackles operator qualification confusion

ABA’s new workplace transport equipment list tackles operator qualification confusion

groupingsA new standardised list of workplace transport equipment categories has been released to aid employers and recruiters in identifying operator qualifications, regardless of issuing body.  This list has been developed following extensive consultation and discussion between the members of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) as a means to support the workplace transport industry as a whole.

“For a long time now the industry has struggled with a lack of uniformity when it comes to naming and categorising equipment, leading to different conventions and terms being used by different accrediting bodies – which in turn has always made it difficult for employers or recruiters to identify exactly what equipment operators are qualified to use,” says Huw Jones,  ABA Chairman. “It is essential that employers or recruiters are able to make an initial judgment on an operator’s relevant experience and qualifications with the equipment they are being hired to operate.”

The new grouping codes agreed by the members of the ABA will see a universal system of naming applied across the board, signalling an end to confusing cross body naming systems and making it easy to identify precisely what equipment the operator is qualified to operate.

The new equipment grouping codes will come into use on April 1st 2016. Any certificates or ID cards issued on or after this date will carry the new codes. The full list of equipment names and codes can be found here.

“The standardised list of workplace transport equipment categories that has been developed is just one way that ABA is actively working to make positive changes within the industry and helping to ensure quality, improve safety and drive efficiency for employers, trainers, recruiters and operators,” says Huw.

The ABA was created by AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB in 2012 to improve standards and bring clarity to workplace transport training accreditation. The aim of the association is to contribute to a reduction in workplace transport incidents and help employers improve productivity and profitability through training.

Membership of ABA is open to all workplace transport training accrediting bodies. The ABA works for the benefit of the industry, providing clarity, simplicity and transparency in the accreditation arena so all those wishing to join are required to follow a clear code of practice aimed at maintaining high training standards.

To download the new groupings, click here.