Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can also be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers. Powered industrial trucks can either be ridden by the operator or controlled by a walking operator.
The forklift certification program is a proven method providing your company with the OSHA regulations for the certification of “qualified” forklift operators. This includes all types of industrial forklifts including electric, propane powered, diesel powered, gasoline powered. Pallet jacks, scissor lifts, “cherry pickers”, are part of the regulation as well. Certification is required every three years and when equipment changes or if accidents occur while using and industrial truck. The program includes inspection procedures, rules review, a written and practical test with the equipment. All department heads and safety committee members should be trained in inspection procedures and hazard recognition and proper corrective actions.
Under the new regulation, employers will be responsible for implementing a training program for powered industrial truck operators and making sure the operators are properly trained. Training and evaluation must be conducted by someone who has enough knowledge, training, and experience to train and evaluate operators. OSHA requires training to consist of both classroom instruction and practical training.
The employer shall certify that each operator has received the training, has been evaluated as required and has demonstrated competency in the performance of the operator’s duties. The certification shall include the name of the trainee, the date of training, and the signature of the person performing the training and evaluation.
The employer shall retain the current training materials and course outline or the name and address of the person who conducted the training if it was conducted by an outside trainer.