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Forklift Safety: OSHA Training & Regulations

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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 online, however, an operator cannot be certified to operate a forklift through an online course! OSHA certification requires:

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

OSHA has 10-hour and 30-hour forklift training. The 10-hour forklift training focuses on training the forklift operator and the 30-hour training is geared toward management, safety individuals, supervisors, and other individuals who are responsible for workplace safety. One of these training options will be required for anyone who operates a forklift.

Summit ToyotaLIft can provide your forklift operators with one-on-one forklift training at our facilities in North Haven, CT, and Commack, NY. If you have a large group of forklift drivers, we can provide training at your facility depending on the number of potential operators. Summit also conducts monthly Train-the-Trainer courses at our offices.

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.

For more information about OSHA requirements or to train your employees on forklift safety, please contact your local Summit ToyotaLift location.

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