Forklift Safety Formal Written Training Program
When was the last time your stepped back and reviewed your formal written safety programs? Perhaps I should ask do you even have anything in writing? If you do are you positive it is compliant with the standard as it is required?
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) main standard governing power industrial trucks (forklifts) is 1910.178. The standard continues to be updated. In 2000 the Commonwealth of MA adopted the OSHA and ANSI standards in there entirety. In 2014 MA Depart of Public Safety updated Hoisting License requirements that impact forklift operation in the Commonwealth of MA. Compliance is mandatory for any company or any size that uses a forklift of any type in the course of business.
A key component of compliance for OSHA standard 1910.178 is the existence of a company’s formal written forklift safety training program. The standard goes as far too state specifics that must be included in the formal plan. Lack of a formal written safety training plan equates to non-compliance and subject to fines regardless if training is or has been done. In addition the formal plan must lay out the specifics of who will provide training, what type of training they will provide, and the person ultimately responsible for the over all training program. Documentation of all training must be available for inspection and does not end at the classroom level.
If you’re the person responsible for safety compliance and have even the slightest concern whatsoever perhaps giving The Forklift Coach the opportunity to review your programs is in order!
Forklift Safety training must occur at least every three years. A company may decide to retrain every year, every two years, but must be done within the three year period. In addition employees who operate equipment in an unsafe manner must be taken off the equipment and given refresher training prior to being allowed to operate equipment.
The Forklift Coach provides a power industrial truck safety training review to any company that owns a forklift.