OSHA Details Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training Requirements
OSHA has announced guidelines to assist inspectors in enforcing powered
industrial truck operator training requirements. You can expect compliance officers to
- Inquire about your method of training and evaluating operator performance.
- Check if all training is conducted by a person who has the knowledge,
training and experience to train operators and evaluate their competence.
- Determine if you’ve trained employees in the applicable topics listed
in OSHA standard 1910.178(I)(3).
- Determine if your operators have received training in the operating
instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator's manual for
the type of vehicle they use.
- Review the use of seat belts where applicable under the general duty
clause of the OSHA Act in accordance with the October 9, 1996 Seat Belt
Enforcement Memorandum. (OSHA’s enforcement policy on the use of seat belts
on powered industrial trucks is that employers are obligated to require
operators of powered industrial trucks that are equipped with operator
restraint devices, including seat belts, to use the devices.)
- When possible, observe powered industrial truck operations to determine
if trucks are being operated safely, and conduct employer/employee interviews
to verify training program implementation.
- Determine whether the employer has certified that all required training
and evaluations have been conducted. The requirement for certification and the
reasons for the requirement will be explained to the employer and the action
noted in the case file. The employer will also be informed of possible
penalties for subsequent violations.