Accredited training can be the difference between accident and negligence.

I’ll start by diffusing a little myth: It is not a legal requirement to hold a particular accredited training certificate to work on site or operate a specific piece of equipment. In fact it’s not a legal requirement to have accredited training at all.

What is required by law is that employers must provide adequate training to ensure the competence of their employees. This responsibility continues that employees should receive on-going support, advice and guidance such that they are able to complete their job and its associated work tasks without risk of injury or harm to themselves or others.

There are a number of accreditation schemes which are recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help set and maintain professional training standards. Examples include ITSSAR (Forklift, Plant, Crane training and more), PASMA (Mobile Scaffold Tower), IPAF (Aerial Work Platform).

In essence, accreditation is a kite mark of quality. It means that a training provider such as Didac Ltd and its delivery staff are monitored by one or more of these independent external bodies and has met the conditions of accreditation. This requires that accredited training providers keep up to date and accurate training records, whilst trainers are monitored on a regular basis so they consistently meet the required standards for training and safety. Accredited training providers bridge the gap between employers and the HSE, thereby assuring employers that the training provided to equipment operators is of an acceptable standard.

By way of example, signage installation, big or small, might require the use of specialist equipment such as a Cherry Picker or Scaffold Tower. An employer must provide suitable and sufficient equipment training to ensure employees possess the necessary knowledge and skill to conduct the installation safely. Another duty of care however, lies with the site on which the installation is being completed to ensure that only competent persons are permitted to operate.

To achieve this, sites will often require the credentials of each equipment operator to be checked before access to work is permitted. Card schemes such as PASMA or IPAF provide photo ID cards to successful training candidates for this verification process. As we now know, accreditation… Read More.