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Forklifts: Who should be trained?

Posted by: admin on March 29, 2012

Forklifts: Who Should Be Trained?

Have you had a construction job in the past? If so, then you’ll know you have to get OSHA-certified before you’re allowed to even set food near the controls of a forklift. If you’re not forklift-certified, you can’t legally operate a forklift or heavy machinery on the job. It’s just as simple as that.

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Too Much Certification?

Many employers have no idea who needs this type of certification, so will enroll administrative assistants or clerical staff into OSHA courses. Is forklift certification knowledge good to have? Yes it is. Are employers wasting money by forcing clerical employees to enroll in these courses? Yes, they are.

Who’s in Charge?


Only employees who will be using heavy machinery need forklift certification. Other employees in a construction workplace, such as clerical or admin employees, can take online summary or refresher courses that will take the place of OSHA certification courses.

Consider a Different Kind of Training

  • Employers may want to consider
    Conducting admin-only safety courses
  • Conducting admin safety training, or first aid for office workers
  • Including office staff in basic safety courses, or OSHA refresher training

You’re the one in charge of your business. Naturally, every business owner who has field crew out there using heavy machinery should be ready to get consistent with federal rules and regulations. More importantly, employees need to be safe at all times. If you have your office staff involved in the safety process, that’s great – but don’t pay for training your office workers don’t need!

If you have questions about which employees should receive OSHA forklift certification testing and training, simply call the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for answers.

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