FAQ – How to Certify Forklift Operators
In 1999 after a series of deadly accidents, OSHA-a division of the Department of Labor, put in place laws requiring certification of training for anyone operating powered industrial trucks to prevent more accidents and fatalities.
A summary requirements are as follows:
1. Forklift operators must be at least 18 yrs old
2. They must complete a training and certification course.
3. Mandatory topics must be covered.
4. An evaluation of the training and the operators understanding of the material.
5. A hands-on evaluation must be performed by a designated evaluator.
6. Training must be equipment specific.
7. Training must be site specific.
8. OSHA can and will levy fines of up to $7,000 for every operator that is not trained and certified under the guidelines.
Further, businesses can face denial of liability insurance coverage, and industrial comp claims if there are injuries or deaths from a forklift accident. Employers are required by law to provide training to forklift operators can do so in a variety of ways:
1. They can hire a 3rd party safety consultant to conduct on-site training.
2. Employees can be sent off-site.
3. In-house training and certification can be developed.
4. Online train the trainer certification is now available and accepted by OSHA.
Many companies find that hiring an expensive consultant to do on-site or off-site training to be expensive and disruptive to operations. In addition, if an owner or manager is willing to take the training first to decide if it is a fit for their company, they can’t be sure that the training is right for their business or employees.
What is Forklift Certification? FLC Training FAQs & More Information
So what exactly is forklift certification from FLC? Is forklift certification required? What else should I consider before signing up for online forklift training? We’re asked a ton of questions about OSHA forklift training, and here are the most common:
Q: What is forklift certification?
A: Simply put, it’s a training record that shows a driver or operator has successfully completed an OSHA-approved training program. FLC offers three main forklift certification programs:
Q: Is online forklift certification legit?
A: All of our training certification programs from FLC include up-to-date training info, and are highly recommended for any company or individual driver looking to achieve compliance.
Q: How do I get forklift certification?
A: We have an easy process to get started today. With a convenient online format and lifetime support, it’s easier than ever to get OSHA certified!
Q: How long does forklift certification last?
A: Forklift certification lasts for three years. FLC offers easy renewal training.
Q: How do I renew my forklift certification?
A: Once your training has expired, you can complete the online training on our website, or access the hands-on evaluation to complete your training. It’s that simple!
Q: Is forklift certification required?
A: According to OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.178, is it mandatory that anyone operating a forklift in the United States is required to have certification training. This is one of OSHA’s most well-known rules and regulations, which falls under their Powered Industrial Truck training requirements. If you or your company are involved in an accident and no training records are provided, OSHA will hand down hefty fines and penalties.
Q: Is forklift certification worth it?
A: We’ll answer this question in two parts. FLC forklift training is worth it from a safety standpoint; we think avoiding accidents and injuries is worth it – and we think you’ll agree. But our training is also worth it financially, too. Employers want to hire the most qualified forklift drivers. With FLC’s OSHA approved training, you have a better chance at landing a well-paying forklift job.
Forklift Certification Train the Trainer
Because of the simple access and low cost, many employers are now choosing online train the trainer certification and training. Online training provides all the benefits of on-site training as well as the opportunity for manager to view the topics required by OSHA and content to ensure it is right for their company.
And to prevent these kinds of forklift accidents from happening. To learn more about FLC’s forklift certification programs, give us a call today at (888) 278-8896.