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- Which forklift training programs are OSHA certified?
- None. OSHA does not certify forklift training programs. OSHA requires the employer to make a judgement call as to how comprehensive the training needs to be to fit the workplace.
- Does every employee need to carry a wallet card "license"?
- No. OSHA only requires that training be documented; giving employees wallet cards is not a requirement. Documentation is best done using a training/certification sheet that lists all the employees and their date of training. Licenses can be given in addition to maintaining the training/certification sheets but the licenses should not be relied upon to meet OSHA's documentation requirement as workers will undoubtedly lose them from time to time.
- Do forklift operators need to document their forklift inspections?
- No. OSHA only requires that employees conduct forklift inspections at the beginning of every shift, it does not require that these inspections are documented. If you do choose to document these inspections, you can actually be fined if gaps exist within the documentation. A good way to handle this is to have a whiteboard that gets wiped regularly where inspections are marked. This way the safety manager can visually verify that the inspections are taking place without creating additional compliance burden.
- Does OSHA require annual refresher training?
- No. OSHA requires refresher training in all of the following scenarios:
- An operator has been observed being unsafe.
- An operator has been involved in an accident or near miss.
- An operator has been assigned to a new type of forklift that he has not been previously trained on.
- Every 3 years, the operator must undergo an evaluation. If the evaluation reveals that the operator is driving the forklift in an unsafe manner then the operator must undergo refresher training.
- Condition(s) change in the workplace that present new hazards.
- Who can conduct the training and evaluation?
- OSHA's official stance is that trainers can be anyone with the "knowledge, training, and experience" to train forklift operators and evaluate their competence. If someone has several years of experience driving forklifts then that is probably enough to qualify them as a trainer but only for the forklift types that they have experience operating. To be certain that your employee is qualified, you can send them to receive "train the trainer" training from a consulting company.
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This is also known as the "classroom" portion of the training. Most companies meet this portion by showing a DVD but it can also be met by taking an online class or by someone giving a powerpoint presentation in the conference room.
This is the "hands-on" training portion that typically takes place in the warehouse. The instructor will go through the controls of the forklift and the various nuances of that particular job site.
The trainee will use the forklift and show to the trainer that he/she can operate it safely.
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