Occupational Safety Training Systems offers your company a convenient way to meet your OSHA requirements regarding Forklift Safety for Forklift Operators.

Regulatory Requirement Summary

General Industry . –  Powered Industrial Truck training Standards – CCR Title 8 Section 3668 (California OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.178 (Federal OSHA)

Our Forklift Safety Training Program helps operators increase efficiency, lowers maintenance cost for equipment and reduces product, or material damage. Topics covered in class.

Truck-related topics:

    1. Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions for the types of truck the operator will be authorized to operate;
    2. Differences between the truck and the automobile;
    3. Truck controls and instrumentation: where they are located, what they do, and how they work;
    4. Engine or motor operation;
    5. Steering and maneuvering;
    6. Visibility (including restrictions due to loading);
    7. Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations;
    8. Vehicle capacity;
    9. Vehicle stability;
    10. Any vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform;
    11. Refueling and/or charging and recharging of batteries;
    12. Operating limitations;
    13. Any other operating instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator’s manual for the types of vehicle that the employee is being trained to operate.

Workplace-related topics:

    1. Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated;
    2. Composition of loads to be carried and load stability;
    3. Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking;
    4. Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be operated;
    5. Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle will be operated;
    6. Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be operated;
    7. Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the vehicle’s stability;
    8. Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a build-up of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust;
    9. Other unique or potentially hazardous conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation.

OSHA Forklift Safety Training overview

A trained, certified instructor will conduct training that meets OSHA training requirements either in English or Spanish at your facility. We do not teach dual-language classes.

Forklift Safety Training and Certification requires approximately four (4) hours of instruction combined with a written examination, video and practical evaluation. (Time can fluctuate based on number of students).

Note: This course is NOT designed to teach a new person how to operate a forklift. The purpose is to inform or refresh experienced operators on important safety principles as required by OSHA.   To become a Forklift Safety Instructor, ask about our Forklift Safety Train-The-Trainer program.

This class is available for in-person training or online training.


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