Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric or internal combustion engines. Forklift operators must have classroom instruction, hands-on training, and an evaluation to determine their competency. The evaluation must take place in the workplace so the trainer can observe the operator perform typical tasks in the operator’s typical environment. A third party vendor can provide the training and the evaluation; however, training outside of the operator’s workplace must be supplemented with on-site training that covers site-specific hazards and tasks the operator will be performing.
Supervisors must ensure that each of their employee operators has been trained, evaluated, and certified. The certification must include the operator’s name, the trainer’s name, and the training and evaluation dates.