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OSHA can impose a $7,000 fine for each untrained operator (up to $70,000 fine for willful violations)
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Next year, 100,000 injuries involving forklifts will be reported. 100 workers will lose their lives.
Cal OSHA Title 8 Section 3668
OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.178
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OSHA ISSUES NEW REGULATIONS FOR FORKLIFT OPERATORS
December 1, 1998
Are You in Compliance? The Employer is Responsible for OSHA Compliance for all its Lift Truck Operators.
On December 1, 1998, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a standard that revised the existing requirements of 29 CFR 1910.178 and issued new requirements to improve the training of powered industrial truck operators.
The standard becomes effective on March 1, 1999 with mandatory compliance by December 1, 1999. This new standard is intended to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur as a result of inadequate operator training. The powered industrial truck operator training requirements will apply to all industries except agricultural operations.
Who should conduct the training?
Persons with the necessary knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence must conduct all training and evaluation.
The OSHA rules state: “Training and evaluation shall be conducted by a person with the knowledge, training and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence”. This means that any adequately proficient and experienced lift truck operator can become a forklift safety trainer for your company.
Outside qualified training organizations can provide evidence that the employee has successfully completed the relevant classroom and practical training. However, each employer must ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent to operate a truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation.
The new standard requires employers to develop and implement a training program based on the following general principles:
Safe truck operation
• Types of vehicle(s) being used in the workplace
• Hazards of the workplace created by the user of the vehicles
• General safety requirements of the OSHA standard
• The operator’s prior knowledge and skill in operating the vehicle
• The operator’s demonstrated ability to operate a vehicle safely
General requirements for training and evaluation are:
• Formal (lecture, video, interactive computer, etc.) training
• Practical training using demonstrations and exercises
• Employers must certify that each operator has received the training
• Employers must evaluate each operator’s performance at least once every three years
Prior to operating the truck in the workplace, the employer must evaluate the operator’s performance and determine the operator to be competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely. For employees hired before December 1, 1999, training and evaluation must be completed by that date. For employees hired after that date, training must occur before that person is allowed to operate a truck in the workplace.
Refresher training is needed whenever an operator demonstrates a deficiency in the safe operation of the truck, such as:
• The operator is involved in an accident or near-miss incident
• The operator has been observed using the vehicle in an unsafe manner
• An evaluation has determined the need for additional training
• There are workplace changes that can affect vehicle operation
• The operator is assigned to use a different kind of truck
Any mobile power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier materials. Powered industrial trucks can be ridden, or controlled by a walking operator. Earth moving and over the road haulage trucks are not included in the definition. Equipment that was designed to move earth but has been modified to accept forks are also not included.
All persons who will operate a powered industrial truck must be trained and pass an operator evaluation before being allowed to use a vehicle in the workplace.
OSHA states that an employer does not need to retrain an employee in the operation of a powered industrial truck if the employer certifies that the operator has been evaluated and has proven to be competent to operate the truck safely. However, the employer is fully responsible for documentation certifying that the required training and evaluation has taken place for all truck operators.
The operator would need additional training in those elements where his or her performance indicates the need for further training and for new types of equipment and areas of operation.
OSHA has issued several letters of interpretations on the subject of training of temporary employees. Basically, there is a shared responsibility for assuring employees are adequately trained. The responsibility for providing training should be spelled out in the contractual agreement between the two parties. The temporary agency or the contracting employer may conduct the training and evaluation of operators from a temporary agency as required by the standard; however, the host employer (or other employer who enters into a contract with the temporary agency) must provide site-specific information and training on the use of the particular types of trucks and workplace-related topics that are present in the workplace.
The OSHA standard requires that the employer certify that each operator has received the training and has been evaluated. The written certification record must include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.
Employers who evaluate the operator’ s performance more frequently than every three years may retain the most recent certification record; otherwise, certification records must be maintained for three years.
For more information, contact your local or Regional OSHA office (listed in the telephone directory under United States Government – Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
OSHA also has a Home Page on the Internet. The address is: http://www.osha.gov/
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OSHA Forklift Training and Certification
Why worry about OSHA? In the current regulatory environment, OSHA has the authority to levy a fine of $7,000 for every untrained forklift operator. In cases of willful violations, this can escalate to $70,000. In the coming year, there will be 100,000 reported forklift accidents in which 100 workers will lose their lives. Forklift training and certification by CertifyMe.net will help your company avoid an OSHA citation. Our forklift training and certification involves training, certification and documentation.
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Your trainee operators may access our forklift training and certification program online any time of the day or night. This usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. We provide everything you need to deliver the information they need to recognize safety hazards in the workplace and to operate specialized equipment. We also provide the necessary documentation for forklift operator training and certification. OSHA training and certification regulations do not require the person who administers the on-site evaluation to have special forklift training and certification. The employer simply needs to designate a competent person who has the experience and knowledge to ascertain whether the trainee is operating the equipment correctly.
When the on-site evaluation is completed, the employer can print out a temporary certificate and operator card and have the employee sign off on both. The certificate goes into your safety file and the card is kept by the operator. CertifyMe.net will send the original certificate and operator card through the mail. What’s more, we offer free three-year forklift recertification renewals of forklift operator training and certification. CertifyMe.net is the only provider to offer this facility. We provide 24/7 support.
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