OSHA has promulgated the Final Rule for Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training [29 CFR 1910.178(l)], which became effective March 1, 1999. The standard requires operator training and licensing as well as periodic evaluations of operator performance. The standard also addresses specific training requirements for truck operation, loading, seat belts, overhead protective structures, alarms, and maintenance of industrial trucks. Refresher training is required if the operator is observed operating the truck in an unsafe manner, is involved in an accident or near miss, or is assigned a different type of truck.
This 16 page booklet is an excellent resource to compliment our training program, and addresses the following areas:
Contents of the OSHA standard
Types & characteristics of forklifts
Pre-operational inspections of forklifts
Basic driving, stability and load handling
Fuels & batteries