The OSHA PIT standard also regulates forklift training. Forklift operators must complete training prior to operating a forklift. According to the OSHA standard, forklift training must consist of formal instruction, practical training, and an evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace. To fully complete forklift training:
Step 1: Complete the online Forklift Safety Training and pass the test at the end of the training.
Step 2: Complete hands-on training and the operator evaluation. All departments completing the hands-on and evaluation portion of training must document completion of the training and evaluation. Information that needs to be documented includes the name of the operator, the date of the training and evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training and evaluation.
To access the online portion of the forklift training, click on the link below.
Forklift Safety Training
Refresher training must be completed when:
Additionally, an evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator's performance shall be conducted at least once every three years.
OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts page
NIOSH: Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts
OSHA Alert: Protect Workers Operating and Working Near Forklifts
OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool