On December 1st, 1999, OSHA updated its standard for Industrial Trucks, 29 CFR 1910.178. After research demonstrated over 40,000 accidents each year are due to unsafe forklift operation, OSHA has beefed-up their training requirements for powered industrial truck operators. Industrial trucks covered by this regulation include fork trucks, motorized pallet jacks, and platform lift trucks.
Any employee who operates a department forklift must first receive operator safety training and an evaluation of their operating skills. Upon completion of this training, each successful participant receives an operator's card. Please contact EH&S at 278-6456 (86456 on campus) to schedule training, or if your department is looking to purchase a new powered industrial truck.