CFTS: the industry standard

Since 2004, CFTS has been the adopted standard for Thorough Examinations. CFTS was created by the FLTA and BITA – in close consultation with the HSE – to solve a vital problem facing work equipment users.

A lack of national standards meant that historically there was no consistency between equipment inspections and there was a high risk of corners being cut. Owners could not be confident that their trucks were legal or safe to use.

PUWER and LOLER regulations legally require all lift trucks to have a valid Report of Thorough Examination – but there was little official guidance about what this should cover.

To provide clarity, the materials handling industry’s major trade associations worked together to give clear, definitive procedures and consistent national standards for a safe and genuine Thorough Examination. 

The result is CFTS: the national accreditation scheme for Thorough Examination, specifically for companies who service work equipment.

CFTS serves owners and users of equipment throughout a wide variety of industries, including agriculture, construction, materials handling and logistics. If you own and operate work equipment, such as telehandlers, tractors, forklifts, man-up vehicles or stackers, you need CFTS.

Look for the distinctive CFTS mark: it’s your guarantee that a Thorough Examination is full and valid under law, and will be carried out by a fully trained engineer in accordance with strict quality procedures.

Without it, your Thorough Examination Report may not be worth the paper it’s printed on.

Find an accredited CFTS examiner here.