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What License Do You Need In Order To Operate A Scissor Lift?

What License Do You Need To Operate A Scissor Lift?

An electric scissor lift is an increasingly essential part of warehouses and distribution centres that seem to only be getting bigger and indeed taller.
However, given that it is a complex and versatile piece of machinery, operators need to be adequately trained to manage not only the risks of operating heavy machinery but also the risks of working at height.
The rules for operating and managing scissor lifts are covered by a range of legislation, including the 2005 Work at Height Regulations, the 1998 Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and the 1998 Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER).
These laws, alongside Health and Safety Executive guidance, provide a broad but clear picture of what you need to operate a scissor lift or other mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).
As part of the risk assessment, employers have a responsibility to ensure that all operators are trained, with recognised schemes of training available although there is more room for flexibility compared to a conventional driving licence, and most training certificates are called licences regardless.
Operators will be given formal basic training on the particular types of MEWPs they are allowed to operate, as well as familiarisation training on the specific model they will be using on-site, as well as training and acclimatisation to the particular worksite.
They will also be trained in how to inspect the particular lift before it is used and at the end of its operating day.
As for people being lifted in the MEWP who are not operators, they will need training in how to correctly fit safety harnesses, use rescue equipment and how to inspect, store and maintain relevant personal protective equipment.
Much like with forklifts, there is no specific training certificate, although most accredited training courses will provide comprehensive training and a card or certificate that can be updated if the operator takes on further training.