Do all forklift operators, experienced or not, need to be
and every operator must be trained. This means that
full-time, part-time, seasonal, substitute drivers, owners
and occasional operators...regardless of experience, must be
trained. In other words, you cannot legally allow any of
your operators, even experienced operators, to operate
powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, order pickers,
etc., until they have successfully passed the required
training and evaluation by a qualified instructor. OSHA
feels that experienced operators who have learned through
trial-and-error and have not had the benefit of safety
training likely do not employ consistent safe driving habits
and therefore must be trained. Before these regulations,
operator training overall was spotty, inconsistent or
non-existent. Often the extent of forklift or other powered
industrial truck training consisted only of a quick briefing
on the controls, showing a video or simply throwing the new
operator the keys and telling him to drive around and
practice a little while until he felt comfortable.
Can I comply with the OSHA and CAL-OSHA requirements by
doing in-house training?
answer to this question is "Yes, but.....". OSHA
states "An experienced operator without training in how
to teach, and without the theoretical knowledge of safety
hazards, and how to apply it....is not adequate."
Although OSHA does not apply the title
"instructor", it is clear in the preamble of the
final rulings that "the person trained to train"
must be a qualified instructor. To clarify, this Rule
requires that the person teaching be trained as an
instructor. SafetyFirst can train your experienced operators
as instructors. SafetyFirst can also provide you with
information about other areas of compliance, such as ongoing
training requirements, record keeping, operating rule
much does this training cost? Is it expensive?
not expensive in comparison with the risk involved in going
without it. Instead of having your employees travel to
a training facility, our instructors come to you. It
saves travel time and time away from the job. Quality
Certification industrial truck operator and instructor
training is based on years of experience, and is custom
tailored to your particular equipment and work situation.
The training was designed to be as non-disruptive to your
production schedule as possible. Call us and well work out scheduling and price.
4. What about First Aid/CPR courses, are they required?
OSHA requires that employers provide a Workplace First Aid Program that includes health and safety training for their employees.