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What are the Medical Standards for operators of Forklift Trucks

It is important that all fork lift truck operators have an appropriate level of medical fitness for the work they are expected to undertake. Employers who have any doubt should seek professional advice.

Medical considerations are detailed on pages 8 and 9 of HSG6 (see below).

This guidance booklet states:

It is good practice for all operators and potential operators to be screened for fitness before employment and again at regular intervals in middle age. Examination at age 40 and thereafter at five-yearly intervals up to age 65 is recommended. Operators over 65 should be screened annually. Examination is also recommended in all cases after an accident or sickness absence of more than one month, or after a shorter period if it appears likely that the illness may affect fitness to operate.