Refresher Forklift Training
OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires all forklift drivers to undergo refresher forklift training courses periodically. The refresher class should be geared towards the specific device the employee is using in the workplace as well as for the environment they work in. Even experienced drivers need to be reassessed to confirm they remain competent to drive. Most refresher training will take place every three years if a driver is learning a new machine, when a driver is spotted driving the equipment in an unsafe manner or if the driver is involved in an accident.
Training requirements for drivers include classroom-style training and supervised driving training. With the classroom style, a driver typically will learn about the device he will be driving and safety measures specific to that vehicle. During the supervised drive, an operator will be driving in the environment that he will be working in, including the terrain, structures and pedestrian traffic.
Specific work related topics should include, but are not limited to:
- pedestrian traffic;
- hazardous material locations;
- proper ventilation;
- proper use of ramps;
- surface conditions;
- load stability;
- and any other work related items specific to the business.
Specific information covered should include, but is not limited to:
- instruments and controls;
- engine operation;
- fork operations and limitations;
- battery charging and fueling;
- and any other information covered in the operations manual.
Classroom training can be done in a typical classroom setting, or more conveniently online. You can save both time and money by taking your certification with online classes such as at US Forklift Certification. The class is taken from the comfort of your own, or anywhere with a computer that has internet access. Once you have successfully completed the class, you are directed to print your certificate off and will be mailed you card shortly thereafter.
Once a driver is certified, a certificate will be generated and the driver’s employment file will be updated with name, certification (or re-certification) date, supervisor and signatures of both employee and training supervisor. This should remain on file through the employment in case there is a need for OSHA review certification.