There is no official legislation regarding medical screening of potential fork lift truck operators. However, it is recommended and good practice that operators are screened to ensure fitness before operating a fork lift truck.
It is advisable to repeat this at regular intervals up until the age of 40 and thereafter at five-yearly intervals up to the age of 65. Operators over 65 should be screened annually.
Medical screenings are also recommended in all cases after an accident or sickness absence that has been longer than 1 month, also after short periods of sickness if the illness may have affected fitness to operate the lift truck.
Should an operator or an employer become aware of or suspect a condition which may affect the operator's ability to safely drive a fork lift truck, then a medical examination should be carried out.
More and more companies are sending their fork lift truck operators for medicals in order to improve the Health and Safety in the work place. The medical screening for a fork lift truck operator is usually carried out via a questionnaire. However, FIT2DRIVE Medicals will, in addition to assessment of the questionnaire, also carry out blood pressure checks, urine and eyesight tests for additional peace of mind.