Here’s how OSHA inspectors will check for compliance with the powered industrial truck operator training standard (issued in 1998):

  • They’ll ask about your training approach (formal instruction and practical training), and want to be sure all training is conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable person.

  • Operators must receive training in operating instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator's manual (including instructions, warnings, or precautions regarding seat belt use) for the vehicles they will operate.

  • Inspectors will observe forklifts in operation and interview the employer and employees.

  • You must certify that all required training and evaluations have been conducted.

Copies of OSHA’s compliance directive can be accessed from OSHA’s home page at under the “Directives” link.