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Forklift Safety: OSHA Forklift Training & Regulations

Sending operators to forklift training to improve safety and increase efficiency isn't just a good idea...it's an OSHA requirement.  In a workplace environment, most employee injuries and property damage can be attributed to a lack of, or inadequate, training. A comprehensive forklift safety training program is one of the most effective ways to combat workplace injuries.

There are specific rules set forth by The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) concerning forklift operator training and licensing.

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178(I) requires that employers provide forklift operators training for vehicle inspection and maintenance. Operators must be over 18 years of age and be recertified at least once every three years. 

Businesses are required to develop and enforce a written program that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Forklift Operator training
  • Licensure
  • Review/renewal program

This is an OSHA requirement for every forklift operator within an organization. Every aspect of the forklift operation must be covered, from setting the parking brake to forklift speed.

Forklift training is available on-line, however, an operator cannot be certified to operate a forklift through an online course! OSHA certification requires:

  • Formal instruction in any combination: (lectures, discussions, on-line courses, video presentations, written material).
  • Demonstrations performed by a certified trainer and then exercises performed by the trainee.
  • A thorough Evaluation of the forklift operator’s performance on the job.

Other OSHA Forklift Requirements:

  • Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance: It is important to establish a vehicle inspection and maintenance plan for forklift operators to adhere to. While training is vital, a forklift operating at premium performance helps assure a safe work environment.
  • Daily Forklift Checklist: OSHA has an approved daily checklist for all forklift operators to adhere to before they begin each shift.

Dillon Toyota Lift offers a variety of safety training classes for both operators and trainers and safety training materials.  We offer flexible class schedules and training classes available on-site at your facility or any DTL location.  

Posted by tfinco at 1/23/2019 6:30:00 AM
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