Forklift Training and Certification

Forklift training and certification is governed by the Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If powered industrial trucks are used in the workplace, employers are required to provide training to the operators so they know everything there is to know about the safe operation of the forklift.

In addition to employers being required to provide forklift safety training, individuals may pursue training in order to better their chances of getting a job. There are a variety of training options one may choose. Options for training include going to a forklift training school, watching forklift training videos, or reading forklift training books.

There are even options for online training! The benefit of online training is that it can be done in the convenience of your own home or office. The downside of it is that you wouldn’t get hands-on experience driving a forklift. It would be kind of like learning to drive a car by sitting in front of a computer.

Online training is convenient and a good way to get familiar with the basics so that when you do apply to a forklift operator job you can at least say that you are somewhat familiar with how to operate a forklift. This will put you ahead of the candidates who have no experience whatsoever.

OSHA requires forklift refresher training if any of the following have been observed:

1. The forklift operator has been observed operating the forklift in an unsafe manner.

2. The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss accident.

3. The operator has received an unsatisfactory rating which indicates the forklift is being operated in an unsafe manner.

4. The operator has been assigned to a new type of forklift or powered industrial truck.

5. A condition in the workplace has changed which may affect the safe operation of the forklift.

If refresher training is required, online forklift training is a good option because it costs less than sending someone to classroom training. Plus, the individual who needs the refresher training already has experience operating a forklift.

OSHA also requires that operators must be evaluated every three years to confirm that they are operating the device in a safe manner. This would involve observing an operator as heshe operates the forklift in the environment in which it is used. The operator should also be able to discuss safe loading of the truck, load stability and safe stacking.

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