Employers are not required to repeat previous training of a new operator according to forklift regulations. Training however has to be supplemented so as to deal with certain workplace hazards and particular workplace machines. Like for example, an operator doesn't need to be trained in order to maneuver a forklift on a ramp if that place of work does not contain a ramp; then again, if the operator is actually assigned to work someplace that has a ramp, it is necessary that extra training should be provided.
Trainees could use a motorized industrial truck just when they are under the direct supervision of individuals who have the experience, training and knowledge to train operators and evaluate their skill operating the machine. The trainees can just learn in an environment where such operation does not endanger the trainee themselves or other employees.
It is vital to make a practical assessment in the workplace. If a third party training provider is chosen, it is better to have the training happen at the jobsite, utilizing lift trucks at the workplace to be as accurate as possible.
An operator is said to be certified when they have successfully passed the training with records maintained by the employer. The certification needs to contain the operator name, the training date, and the name of the individual performing the training and assessment and finally the date of assessment. Even though certain state OSHA bodies require the issue of an operator's certificate, the Federal OSHA does not require it.
Every three years, refresher training is required. It could also become mandatory to those operators who have shown some type of inadequacy in safe lift truck use. For instance, refresher training will be triggered by certain occurrences like for example: if a different kind of forklift is introduced to the workplace, if there is an accident or a near miss, if a supervisor observes operating unsafely and if an operator received a poor 3 year evaluation.
When unsafe operation of a forklift is noticed, it should be noticed that refresher training is not always the solution. For instance, if an operator is intentionally disobeying workplace safety regulations, it could be required to implement disciplinary action. And last but not least, though training lift truck operators is a requirement, it is necessary to practice forklift awareness training for pedestrians and other employees working near forklifts in order to make sure that everyone stays safe.