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Forklift Training

Powered Industrial Trucks, also known as forklift or lift truck is a specialized job that requires training and authorization by your company to be a qualified operator.

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 states that “Only trained and authorized operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck”.

It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified.


GENERAL TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

The OSHA standard 1910.178 requires employers to develop and implement a training program based on the following :

REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAINING

Formal (lecture, video, interactive computer, etc.) training
Practical training
Employers must certify that each operator has received the training
Employers must evaluate each operator’s performance at least once every three years

TRAINING ON SAFE FORKLIFT OPERATION

Types of vehicle(s) being used in the workplace
Hazards of the workplace created by the user of the vehicles
General safety requirements of the OSHA standard
The operator’s prior knowledge and skill in operating the vehicle
The operator’s demonstrated ability to operate a vehicle safely

WHEN IS REFRESHER TRAINING REQUIRED?

The operator is involved in an accident or near-miss incident
The operator has been observed using the vehicle in an unsafe manner
An evaluation has determined the need for additional training
There are workplace changes that can affect vehicle operation
The operator is assigned to use a different kind of truck

INTENDED AUDIENCE:
All persons who will operate a powered industrial truck must be trained and pass an operator evaluation before being allowed to use a vehicle in the workplace
CLASS TIME: 4 Hours
INCLUDES: Certification

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AVOID OSHA CITATIONS: OSHA can impose a $7,000 fine for each untrained operator (up to $70,000 fine for willful violations