Forklift Operator Training (Group Training)
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has issued training requirements for forklift operators and drivers of other industrial trucks. The new rule spells out detailed training requirements for operators of “powered industrial trucks,” which is defined as “mobile, power-driven vehicles used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack, or tier material.” These would include equipment such as high lift trucks, pallet trucks, and forklift trucks.
In order to be in compliance with Cal/OSHA, CCR T8 3668(b)(3), employers must ensure that site and specific equipment training is provided for each employee operating a forklift. “Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, interactive computer learning, video tape, written material), practical training (demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee) and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.” After formal instruction, each participant must be evaluated at their workplace on a site-specific, equipment specific forklift.
Our certified forklift training program helps workers reduce the risk of injury or death caused by forklift accidents. This training program is designed to ensure compliance with the Cal/OSHA forklift regulations.
What is included:
- An experienced and professionally trained/certified trainer
- Classroom presentation (2-3 hours)
- Review of applicable Cal/OSHA and ANSI/ITSDF standards
- Opportunity to ask questions
- Written exam
- Operator handouts and sample forms
- Performance or practical operation skill practice and evaluation (10 to 30 minutes per operator)
Operators are also required to be evaluated every three years. The evaluation consists of observing the forklift operator during normal operations to determine if the operator is performing safely, and second, ask pertinent questions or provide a written exam to ensure that the operator has the knowledge or experience needed to operate a truck safely. In some cases, because of the danger or complexity of the operation, the extent of the change in conditions, or the operator’s need for additional skills, the evaluation will need to be lengthier and more detailed.
We offer group training (not individual training) and certification at your place of employment on your lifts statewide. Contact us today for more information on group training or for a no-obligation quote.