OSHA REQUIREMENTS

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WHAT DOES OSHA CONSIDER A POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCK?

  • Sit Down Rider (classes I, IV, V, electric and internal combustion engine)
  • Narrow Aisle (class II, electric, order picker, reach truck and stand-up rider)
  • Powered Pallet Truck (class III)
  • Tuggers (class VI)
  • Rough Terrain (class VII)

OPERATOR MUST BE QUALIFIED:

  • The employer shall ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation specified.

  • Before permitting an employee to operate a powered industrial truck (except for training purposes) the employer shall ensure that each operator has completed the training required.

TRAINING PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION:

The program consists of:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Practical exercises by the trainee (hands-on training)
  • Evaluation of the operator's performance by the trainer
  • Use of computer aids or video
  • Use of a workbook

TRAINER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Requisite knowledge of powered industrial trucks
  • Attended Training
  • Experience to train operators
  • Ability to evaluate operator's competency

CERTIFICATION

  • Adequate records showing the name of the operator, date of training and date of the evaluation
  • Retention of training materials and course outline
  • Name and address of outside contractor who performed the training

TRAINING PROGRAM CONTENT:

  • Operating instructions
  • Automobile vs. lift truck
  • Truck controls, instrumentation & power source 
  • Steering, maneuvering & visibility
  • Vehicle capacity and stability
  • Refueling, battery changing & recharging
  • Workplace related topic
  • Load manipulation, stacking, etc.
  • Hazardous locations
  • Ramps and other sloped surfaces
  • Closed and potentially hazardous environments 
  • Pre-shift inspections
  • Operating limitations & surface conditions 
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EVALUATION AND REFRESHER TRAINING:

An evaluation of any operator’s performance must be conducted at least once every three years as required by OSHA, as well as whenever:

  • An operator has been observed operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner
  • The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident
  • An evaluation has been completed that reveals the operator is not operating the equipment safely
  • The operator is assigned to a different type of truck
  • A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect the safe operation of the truck

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