Since 1998, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated that all forklift operators in General Industry must be at least 18 years of age, and must also have successfully completed a forklift safety certification program before they are allowed to operate a powered industrial lift truck – or forklift. The intent is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur as a result of inadequate forklift operator training. This standard applies to all industries (general industry, construction, shipyards, marine terminals, and long shoring operations) utilizing powered industrial lifts; the exception is agricultural operations. OSHA enacted its most current forklift training regulation – 29CFR1910.178(l) – in December,1998, and began to enforce this standard through mandatory employer compliance in March, 1999. This same standard, with few changes, remains in effect today.
Our Company, Forklift Certs On-the-Go, has flexible, full service Operator Training Programs that will help your organization maintain full compliance with these OSHA requirements for training your forklift operators in the safe operation of your powered industrial lifts. Additionally, our OSHA forklift training improves operator safety, productivity, and efficiency. Contact us to learn more about our forklift classes!