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OSHA Forklift Safety

Online Training & Certification Course
29 CFR 1910.178

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.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

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 0.2 CEUs (or 2 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:

  • 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 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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