OSHA Forklift Certification Requirements

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OSHA Forklift Training and Operating Requirements

According to section 1910.178 (I) (6) of OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks standard, all forklift workers need to be trained and evaluated to operate equipment. OSHA’s certification requirements include:

  1. Only Experienced and Trained Operators Can Supervise and Evaluate Amateur Operators
  1. Evaluation Can Only Occur in a Safe Environment
  1. Training Should Consist of Formal Instruction, Practical Training, and an Evaluation
  1. Training Content Should Include:
    • Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions
    • Forklift controls and instrumentation
    • Engine or motor operation
    • Proper steering and maneuvering
    • Visibility and associated hazards
    • Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use
    • Vehicle capacity and stability
    • Inspections and maintenance
    • Operating limitations
    • Safe operation, load management, stacking and unstacking, pedestrian safety, narrow aisle operation, working on sloped surfaces, and other hazardous conditions
  1. Complete Refresher Training (Recertification) Every Three Years, or if:
  • The operator is involved in an accident
  • The operator fails their evaluation
  • The operator’s responsibilities change

What Are the Consequences for Not Following OSHA Forklift Certification Requirements?

According to OSHA under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Any employer who willfully or repeatedly violates any standard or rule described in this Act, including the requirements for certification, may be penalized with a fine of not more than $70,000 for each violation, and not less than $5,000 for each violation. Any employer who willfully violates a standard, rule, or regulation set by OSHA and the violation causes death to an employee, such as neglect to provide a safe working environment or training, can be convicted by a fine of up to $10,000 or by imprisonment of up to six months, or both. If an employer is convicted of a violation twice, their punishment may include imprisonment of up to one year, a fine of up to $20,000, or both.

As you can see, OSHA takes violations very seriously by matching them with equally serious penalties. It is their duty to help ensure safe working environments for all workers, and to make sure that employers provide what they need to protect their life on the job.

If any of your employees have not received their OSHA-compliant forklift certification yet, head on over to CertifyMe.net right away to create an account and get your workers signed up and ready to complete their certification in minutes. It’ll only take your employees about an hour to complete their forklift training, and to meet all OSHA forklift certification requirements.

CertifyMe.net online training covers all OSHA requirements, and includes recertification training so workers can easily recertify at any time throughout their career.

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