Inspectors' guidelines for powered industrial truck safety
August 24, 2000
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 www.osha.gov under the “Directives” link.