What Should You Wear on a Forklift Training Course?
If you're about to take a forklift training course to get your licence, then you'll spend at least one day away from work. While some of your learning takes place in a classroom environment, courses also include practical driving training and assessments.
It's important to make sure that you wear the right clothes and have any appropriate safety gear during the training. What should you wear?
Stick to Your Work Gear
While you might think that you need to be smart to go on a training course or that you can wear your favourite casual clothes, this isn't necessarily the best route to take. It's better to wear your work clothes, or clothes that are similar, while you're training.
If you wear smart or casual clothing, then these clothes may not be comfortable during driving practice. The clothes may be too tight for you to sit and move easily in the cab; you might worry about them getting damaged or dirty.
This distracts you from learning and focusing on the job at hand. It might affect how easily you can use the forklift. If you wear the clothes you usually wear at work, then you'll be more comfortable.
You also won't have to worry about adapting your seating position or movements when you start using a forklift at work. You'll replicate your working environment more effectively. So, you get a natural transition from your training time in a forklift to your future working days.
Think About Health and Safety
During your training, you'll learn how to drive a forklift safely and effectively in a controlled environment. However, training companies look to replicate working environments as much as possible during practical sessions.
To keep their students safe, they need to adhere to health and safety requirements. Accidents can happen even in training. For example, if someone is using a forklift and accidentally drops a box that lands on your foot, then you could end up with a nasty injury if you're wearing casual shoes.
So, it's best to wear work boots for your practical sessions at least. These boots should have closed toes and, ideally, some built-in safety protection.
In some cases, the forklift training course provider supplies other items of safety equipment like hard hats, goggles and high-vis vests. To find out what they will provide and if there is anything extra you should take along, ask your trainer for advice.