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OSHA Forklift Safety Training Course

29 CFR 1910.178 Online Training Certification

Forklifts and motorized hand trucks, are powerful machines that help us move heavy materials more quickly and efficiently, but this also makes these vehicles potentially dangerous to operate. Second only to highway accidents, powered industrial truck accidents are one of the leading causes of fatalities in industry. Injuries occur when forklifts are inadvertently driven off loading docks and unsecured trailers, and when persons are struck by a forklift or fall off elevated pallets or tines.

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Governing regulations.
Our Powered Industrial Truck online 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 course?
All powered industrial truck operators must be trained and certified. Only trained and competent operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck.

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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 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 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 Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.3 CEUs (or 3 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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 Course synopsis.

This online training course covers the general aspects of powered industrial trucks safety, a.k.a. forklifts. It is intended as an overview of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 Powered Industrial Truck, providing explanations of the various requirements set by OSHA. This course emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, and control.

Click to Learn More Course topics.

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

  • Training Requirements - Operator forklift safety training required by OSHA
  • Types and Fundamentals - The differing types and fundamentals of powered trucks
    • Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions for the types of truck the operator will be authorized to operate.
    • Differences between the truck and the automobile.
    • Truck controls and instrumentation: where they are located, what they do, and how they work.
  • Operating the Forklift - The basic operating rules and safe work practices
    • Engine or motor operation.
    • Steering and maneuvering.
    • Visibility (including restrictions due to loading).
    • Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations.
    • Vehicle capacity.
    • Vehicle stability.
    • Any vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform.
    • Refueling and/or charging and recharging of batteries.
    • Operating limitations.
  • Understanding the Workplace - How workplace conditions can affect safe operation
    • Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated.
    • Composition of loads to be carried and load stability.
    • Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking.
    • Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be operated.
    • Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle will be operated.
    • Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be operated.
    • Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the vehicle's stability.
    • Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust.
    • Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation.
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.

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