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Mentor all set to adopt new ABA standards from 1st July

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We’ll be adopting new Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) standards for counterbalance and reach testing as of 1st July 2017, ahead of the deadline later this year.

As you may be aware, the ABA for Workplace Transport have revised the testing standards for category B1 and D1 trucks, meaning all those providing training under an ABA-member accrediting body must ensure that they adopt them by 1st September 2017.

As our forklift operator training courses are accredited by the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) – one of the founder members of the ABA – we’ll be updating our tests accordingly, and will do so from 1st July 2017.

Why are we adopting the new standards ahead of the deadline?

To ensure transition from existing to new standards is made in a timely fashion, we’ll be early adopters of the changes, from 1st July onwards.

The revised testing criteria should also contribute to improving operating standards, meaning a better standard of lift truck drivers across the UK, so we’re keen to implement the changes and help our customers to see these improvements as soon as possible.

The changes and how they will affect you

The current standards have been updated in line with the modern working environment and the needs of employers. A summary of the changes (including the addition of safety-critical inspection criteria, mandatory theory questions and some increased penalties on the practical skills test) can be downloaded opposite, for your reference.

Our counterbalance and reach truck training courses will include the new tests as of 1st July and we will advise our customers of the upcoming changes, ahead of time.

We’ll also be updating the practical test sheets for sale in our online shop in line with the changes so be sure to order yours ahead of September 1st.

If you have any questions regarding the changes, please don’t hesitate to contact us here or on 01246 555222.

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