Why do I need to train my forklift operators?
OSHA created a new regulation (29 CFR 1910.178(l)) that spells out requirements for operator training and evaluation with the intent of reducing the number or forklift accidents.
Failure of the employer to comply with the new rules can result in expensive fines and loss of insurance coverage.
This can be disastrous to the employer if a serious accident occurs.
Formal (lecture, video, interactive computer, etc.) and practical (demonstration and hands-on exercises) training must be provided.
Prior to operating a truck in the workplace, the employer must evaluate the operator’s performance and determine the operator to be competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely… There are no special or additional “Train the Trainer” requirements.
An employee can be designated as the company trainer or the employer can hire an outside trainer to come to the workplace to conduct training.
Designating an employee trainer gives the employer the most flexibility and is usually less expensive since training can be conducted when most convenient for the trainer and the operator(s).
The CertifyMe.net training material covers general truck and workplace related topics for Powered Industrial Truck classes 1 thru 7 (classifications established by the Industrial Truck Association).
This includes the majority of lift trucks in use but does not include all trucks covered by the OSHA standard.
The employer must ensure that each operator is trained and evaluated for the specific type and model of truck that will be used.
OHSA does not certify, accredit or approve any training programs or trainers.
The OSHA regulations clearly describe the required content of lift truck training programs and my program is designed in accordance with the general training requirements of the OSHA standard.
The responsibility rests with the employer to certify that each lift truck operator has received the necessary training and has been evaluated and proved competent to operate a vehicle.
The employer must certify that each operator has been trained and evaluated as required by the standard.
The certification must include the name of the operator, the date of training, the date of evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.
The OSHA standard requires that the employer certify that each operator has received the training and has been evaluated.
The written certification record must include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.
No. The OSHA standard does not require employees to be licensed. An employer may choose to issue licenses to trained operators.
Your FLC train the trainer kit provides wallet size certificates of completion that operators can carry as evidence of course completion.
The standard does not require any specific frequency of refresher training. Refresher training must be provided when:
- The operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner.
- The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident.
- The operator has received an evaluation that reveals that the operator is not operating the truck safely.
- The operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck.
- A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safety operation of the truck.
According to OSHA there is shared responsibilities for assuring employees are adequately trained. The responsibility for providing training should be spelled out in the contractual agreement between the two parties.
The temporary agency or the contracting employer may conduct the training and evaluation of operators from a temporary agency as required by the standard; however, the host employer (or other employer who enters into a contract with the temporary agency) must provide site-specific information and training on the use of the particular types of trucks and workplace-related topics that are present in the workplace.
An employer does not need to retrain an employee in the operation of a powered industrial truck if the employer certifies that the operator has been evaluated and has proven to be competent to operate the truck safely.
The operator would need additional training in those elements where his or her performance indicates the need for further training and for new types of equipment and areas of operation.