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ABA Announces New Standards for Powered Pedestrian Trucks and Testing Operators

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has announced new national standards for training and testing powered pedestrian truck operators as part of the bodies continued efforts to improve safety and reduce lift truck accidents in the workplace. 


The new standards for Powered Pedestrian Truck operators were originally announced in October 2018, following a meeting with industry representatives including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), truck manufacturers, lift truck operator employers, trade unions, and industry bodies such as the Fork Lift Truck Association.


The new powered pedestrian truck standards will be released in June 2019, and will take full effect in December 2019. The standards


Announcing the new standards, recently elected ABA Chairman Adam Smith — who is the current Managing Director of accrediting body AITT — said: “This is a very significant development in an area of training that is often overlooked by employers. The new standards will help ensure operators work efficiently and safely.”


In addition to the above, Adam also said “We strive to keep all testing standards up to date with modern environments,” said Adam. “These latest updates reflect changing work practices and address new requirements.”


Those involved in the training, testing and management of pedestrian truck operators will be able to download the new national testing standards for free from the ABA website, as part of the ABA’s commitment to improving safety in the material handling equipment industry.


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Who are the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA)?

Founded by four accrediting bodies in 2012 – AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS, and RTITB – the ABA was created to ensure that bodies offering accreditation in the workplace transport industry achieve and maintain a national code of conduct. The ABA also makes sure that consistent operator testing standards are used and works to help the HSE reduce lift truck accident numbers. 

Find out more about each accrediting body mentioned in this article by clicking the links below:


ABA – Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport

AITT – Association of Industrial Truck Trainers

ITSSAR – The Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register

NPORS – National Plant Operators Registration Scheme

RTITB – The Regulatory Body for Workplace Transport Training


About Plant and Safety Ltd

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