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Forklift Training — Fulfill the requirements of OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.178(I) and help certify operators

The J. J. Keller® Forklift Training program helps satisfy the operator training requirements under OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck Standard (1910.178(I)). Specifically, it is designed to help learners choose, inspect, and operate a forklift in a safe way, protecting themselves and their coworkers from the potential hazards associated with their use. View course details.

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A forklift is a powered, mechanical device that is used to move or lift loads. Although this seems like a simple task, forklifts can cause serious injury or death if they are misused or if the operator isn't properly trained on how to use the equipment safely.

OSHA requires every forklift operator to receive proper training and evaluation prior to operating a forklift. Training in equipment controls and maintaining stability provides the foundation for safe forklift operation. Incidents involving forklifts happen in all types of industries. It's not only property that is damaged - lives are often in danger. Collisions, tip-over crashes, and other incidents are often caused by improper or careless forklift use, meaning they could have been prevented by skilled, responsible, and alert operators.

This training program helps satisfy the forklift operator training requirements under OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks Standard (1910.178(l)). Specifically, it is designed to help learners choose, inspect, and operate a forklift in a safe way, protecting themselves and their coworkers from the potential hazards associated with their use. This program is useful for new or refresher safety training in the event of an incident or near-miss, poor evaluation, or changes in the workplace or type of forklift used.

The J. J. Keller® Forklift Training covers the following topics:

Equipment Basics

  • Kinds of Forklifts
  • Forklifts vs. Automobiles
  • Keeping a Forklift Balanced
  • Forklift Controls

Equipment Inspections

  • Pre-Use Inspection
  • Walk-around inspection
  • Seated inspection

Operating Procedures

  • Pre-Use Inspection
  • Walk-around inspection
  • Seated inspection

Maintaining Your Forklift

  • Pre-Use Inspection
  • Walk-around inspection
  • Seated inspection

After completing this program, operators will be able to:

  • Identify the various kinds of forklifts and their basic controls
  • Discuss the center of gravity and stability triangle concepts
  • Recognize when forklift inspections are required
  • Explain what to look for when performing a pre-use inspection
  • Describe how to safely operate a forklift (including parking, picking up, traveling with, and placing a load)
  • Recognize hazardous locations in order to select the correct type of forklift
  • Discuss how to charge and refuel a forklift
  • Discuss how to handle modifications to a forklift
  • Recognize when maintenance is required

Regulations covered in this program: 29 CFR 1910.178(l)

Intended Audience: New or veteran employees who use forklifts

Language: Available in English or Spanish.


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Forklift/Powered Industrial Truck Training FAQS

No. Refresher training only needs to be conducted when operators are found to be operating unsafely, have been in an accident or near miss, receive a poor evaluation, or when there are changes in the workplace or type of truck. OSHA does, however, require an evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator’s performance at least once every three years.

No, not necessarily. But, you have to train on each “type” of truck. By “type,” OSHA is talking about basic differences — a sit-down rider truck vs. a stand-up truck, or an order-picker vs. a pallet jack. OSHA doesn’t intend that you have to give refresher training because someone starts using the same type of truck made by a different manufacturer. But, keep in mind that the operator will need instruction on any topics, such as the truck’s controls, that are different.

The "evaluation" of "performance" required by the OSHA standard cannot be met by a written exam alone. A written exam by itself does not indicate whether the operator is operating the powered industrial truck safely. In most cases, the person conducting the evaluation would do two things: first, observe the powered industrial truck operator during normal operations to determine if the operator is performing safely, and second, ask pertinent questions to ensure that the operator has the knowledge or experience needed to operate a truck safely. In some cases, because of the danger or complexity of the operation, the extent of the change in conditions, or the operator's need for additional skills, the evaluation will need to be lengthier and more detailed.

Yes, the use of powered hand trucks presents numerous hazards to employees who operate them and those working in the area where they are used. Therefore, training is required for powered hand trucks. The OSHA regulation at 29 CFR 1910.178(a)(1) indicates that the requirements, including those for training, cover motorized hand trucks.

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“We do our monthly safety training and the classroom portion of our forklift training through J. J. Keller's Training on Demand. This has worked so well for us we've expanded into DOT training. The content covers all the relevant and required material in an easy to understand way that allows our employees to absorb the material, recognize the various hazards, and protect themselves and others. The entire process is efficient and effective.”

John Hare  |  Director of Health, Safety, and Environmental  |  FloWorks International, LLC.