Why I Need A Certification?
IT'S MANDATORY FOR COMPANIES TO TRAIN
THE FORKLIFT OPERATORS
AVOID OSHA CITATIONS
OSHA can impose a $7,000 fine for each untrained operator (up to $70,000 fine for willful violations) OSHA’s regulatory reference: Cal OSHA Title 8 Section 3668 OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.178 -
Satisfies . . . Liability Insurance Worker’s Comp OSHA Field Inspectors
CONSIDER THIS: Next year, 100,000 injuries involving forklifts will be reported.100 workers will lose their lives.
Effective December 1, 1998
OSHA regulations make the Employer responsible to comply with all the regulations for all its Lift Truck Operators
On December 1, 1998, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a standard that revised the existing requirements of 29 CFR 1910.178 and issued new requirements to improve the training of powered industrial truck operators.
The standard becomes effective on March 1, 1999, with mandatory compliance by December 1, 1999. This new standard is intended to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur as a result of inadequate operator training. The powered industrial truck operator training requirements will apply to all industries except agricultural operations.
The employer must evaluate the operators’ performance before allowing any employee to use a vehicle in the workplace, except for training purposes.
The employer may designate any qualified employee as Trainer/Evaluator. There are no special or additional “Train the Trainer” requirements.
OSHA does not certify, accredit or approve any trainers or training programs for powered industrial trucks. The responsibility for compliance with the requirements of the OSHA standard rests with the employer.