Going for FORS Bronze workshops and top tips
30th August 2016
FORS Going for Bronze workshops aim to support operators looking to achieve FORS Bronze accreditation. Whether you are preparing for your audit for the first time or addressing issues raised at a previous audit, this workshop is specifically designed to guide and support you through the process from initial registration, audit, and ultimately, to Bronze accreditation.
The workshop covers topics including:
1) The safety, efficiency and environmental benefits of FORS Bronze
2) Overview of the FORS Standard
3) How to meet FORS Bronze requirements
4) Examples of non-conformity and avoiding the pitfalls
5) Next steps after audit
For immediate support, don’t forget FORS has recently published its ‘FORS Handbook: Going for Bronze’ providing guidance and support to get you through your FORS Bronze audit.
Around 80% of FORS bronze audits are passed first time, however to help you avoid the pitfalls some recurring themes from failed audits have been identified by qualified FORS Auditors (54 based throughout the UK).
As a result five action points to consider when preparing for your FORS Bronze audit are outlined below:
Driver Fitness and Health
Auditors are looking for a written policy covering drivers’ fitness and health together with information in the drivers’ handbook, driver tool box talks and training. The policy should be reviewed at least every 12 months and demonstrate that drivers are encouraged to report medical conditions.
Operators need to demonstrate that they have a proper filing system, and that policies show review dates and version numbers. Records need to be retrieved by satellite operating centers.
Inspection and Maintenance Plan
Operators need to have vehicle and specialist equipment inspection and maintenance plans scheduled at least six months in advance. Any inspection and maintenance plan must be regularly reviewed.
Vulnerable Road User Safety
Operators must ensure their vehicles are fitted with safety equipment to help protect vulnerable road users, including approved warning signage, the fitment of side underrun protection and the fitment of Class V and Class VI mirrors.
Daily Walk Round Checks
Operators need to demonstrate a system for daily walk around checks for each vehicle using a checklist and vehicle defect form, which should also record nil defects for vehicles in use.
For further information about the requirements to become a FORS Bronze accredited company please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to FORS Online.