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Online Training & Certification Course OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178

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This course will familiarize you with the regulations, responsibilities, and best practices as outlined in the CFR 1910.178(a) requirements for forklift operators and forklift maintenance. Keep in mind that your skill in operating a forklift protects not only your well-being but the well-being of the people you work with and the safety of the environments you work in. Your forklift skills can prevent costly material damage, life-altering injuries, and even death.

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$32.95 per student   (8-12)

$30.95 per student   (13-20)

$29.95 per student   (21+)

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What are the governing regulations?
Our online forklift certification safety training course satisfies the OSHA training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.178 for forklift, motorized hand trucks and powered industrial truck operators for both initial and refresher training.

Who must take this training?
All powered industrial truck operators must be trained and certified. Only trained and competent operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?


Case Study: On the morning of September 20, 2017, an employee of a building supply company in Clyde Hill, Washington, was operating a forklift on the job. The forklift had its mast extended, causing it to be unbalanced. As the employee drove the forklift, its instability caused the truck to tip forward onto its forks, violently ejecting the employee from his seat. He was not wearing the seatbelt, a required safety measure. The employee struck his head on the forklift's overhead protective guards and died from blunt force head trauma.

Key Takeaways: Employers set the tone for safety. A workplace culture of diligent compliance with basic safety precautions decreases the likelihood of accidents. In this case, the basic safety precautions for forklift operation were ignored. The required seatbelt was not used and the forklift mast was up, a known and easily recognized source of instability. The tipping forward of the forklift might have been avoided had the forklift mast been in an appropriate position, and the fatality might have been prevented had the driver been wearing a seatbelt. When forklifts and PITs are equipped with seatbelts and other restraints, OSHA requires employers to enforce their use.

Any injury or death of a worker should be seen as a serious call for employers and workers alike to look carefully at safety practices. The employer should determine what needs to be done to ensure that each worker is given the best chance to avoid injury, accidents, and death.

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Specific topics and industry best practices covered in this course include:

  • OSHA Forklift Safety
  • Course Objectives
    • Key Terms
    • Regulations Related to Forklift Operation.
  • Basic Forklift Components
    • Controls
    • Instruments
    • Electric Batteries
    • Powered Industrial Truck Classifications
    • Basic Forklift Safety Devices
  • Vehicle Inspections
    • Pre-Operation Inspections
    • Operational Inspection
    • Forklift Designations and Designated Areas
  • Training and Certification of Forklift Operators
  • Overview of Risks and Hazards of Forklift Operation
  • Operating A Forklift
    • Creating a Stable Load
    • The Stability Triangle
    • Lateral Stability
    • Longitudinal Stability
    • Dynamic Stability
    • Avoiding Tip-Overs
    • Knowing Your Load Capacity
    • Attachments
  • Loading the Forklift
    • Working with Truck Trailers and Railroad Cars
  • Traveling in the Forklift
    • Working in the Forklift
    • Steering, Turning, and Changing Direction
  • Workplace Conditions
    • More Workplace Risks
    • Pedestrian Safety
    • Passengers and Riders
    • Forklift Maintenance
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Powered Industrial Truck, a.k.a. forklift, safety training course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored quiz questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 3 hours to complete this online forklift safety training course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.

Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

Employers must also certify that each operator has received the training and evaluate each operator at least once every three years. Prior to operating the truck in the workplace, the employer must evaluate the operator's performance and determine the operator to be competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely.

(i) Refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted as required by paragraph (l)(4)(ii) to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.

(ii) Refresher training in relevant topics shall be provided to the operator when:
(A) The operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner;
(B) The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident;
(C) The operator has received an evaluation that reveals that the operator is not operating the truck safely;
(D) The operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck; or
(E) A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safe operation of the truck.

(iii) An evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator's performance shall be conducted at least once every three years.
(5) Avoidance of duplicative training. If an operator has previously received training in a topic specified in paragraph (l)(3) of this section, and such training is appropriate to the truck and working conditions encountered, additional training in that topic is not required if the operator has been evaluated and found competent to operate the truck safely.

Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a Powered Industrial Truck (Forklift) OSHA Safety Training printable certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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Click to Learn More What students think of this course.

I thought the course was very thorough and informattive.
Sean K


Very good course. The reading and following along option allows for better understanding and thought.
Ryan H


This training and guidance system is excellent and will have successful men and woman in the trade. I am confident that i have the general knowledge to safely operate the forklift, and to be mindful of the working environment that myself and my coworkers are in. Having the liberty to return to Compliance training website to refresh and sta updated with changing parts will contunue to keep operators and employers safe and to standard expectations. I will continue to use this training website to further my knowledge in areas I am interested in and in the safety precaitions to operate in a safe environment at all times.
Dawny J


great test learned a lot.
Eric C


This course was good, it's not too complicated and it's easy to go through
Jared C


I thought the course was comprehensive and easy to understand.
Larry L


I thought the course was adequate and informative in nature.
Timothy W


great course!
Patrick C


This was a very informative class. I would have liked if there was something about what to do if your employer/an employee were not following OSHA regulations.
Christopher R


very informative information
Juan H


Great course!
Zachary B


its was a really detail course experience and very informational about situations and cases all around a good learning course thank you
Eric V


The course was very helpful. I enjoyed it.
Lisa H


Thank You for this course!
Craig G


very informative
Wayne T


it is a well developed course. I have some background in curriculum and instruction and I thought the questions and answers tested the participant's knowledge of the materials covered. That is not always the case with these tests.
Jim B


I like that the courses were broken into short segments. Allowed for handling interruptions without missing content.
Patrick C


Great Program!
Francisco H


Clarified many basics of forklift safety.
Joseph L


This is a great course that taught me good stuff
Marvin R


Its a very good coarse i well recommend too my company
John T


Well presented and very easy to follow. The way the course is split into sections made it easy to start and stop when interrupted to attend to other matters.
Doug B


It was a great course and very informative. I am extremely happy to have passed and enjoyed taking this course.
David F


Enjoyed the test very much fast and efficient! The Narrator was clear and precise. Thank you very much!
Brett H


I think it is a very excellent course that can help many people like me. I am being helped. Thank you. You have nothing to improve. Thank you for your great contribution. It is a great blessing.
Juan G


Excellent source of information about using forklift, OSHA standards and preventing an injury. Thank You
Grzegorz G


I thought this course was very thorough and professional. This course was well laid out and easily navigated.
Simeon A


This course was very informative, very precise in staying to the core needs of the operator and of the safety requirements that are needed when operating in and around the forklift. I enjoyed the course study.
Sharvar G


This training program has enhanced my knowledge of forklift safety and operation, and has helped to prepare me to be a careful, skilled operator.
Andreus B


This course was very helpful. It was very clear and consistent to it's teachings.
Juan G


Thanks for helping me learn how to drive a forklift!
Sarah C


Great experience. Thank you.
Joei D


Really thorough and helpful, I honestly doubt I will forget this training.
Gabriel H


Awesome course. Really fantastic.
James J


Very helpful! The man reading the text really helped me focus on the material.
Richard C


Very good learning experience.
Will D


Great course, easy, simple to understand. thanks for the effort to make this curse understandable and easy to apply.
Jair C


The course was very easy to follow and with case studies it brought reality to safety importance. Thank you.
George O


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