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A forklift is a powered industrial truck with a power-operated forked platform used to hoist and transport materials by means of steel forks inserted under a load.  It is used to carry, push, pull, lift, or stack material.  Only trained and certified operators are permitted to operate a powered industrial truck, and no one under the age of 18 may operate one.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates the use of powered industrial trucks in the workplace as detailed in 29 CFR 1910.178.  The purpose of this program is to ensure the safety of employees and to comply with OSHA requirements.

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Forklift Written Program


  • Forklifts - W057OS
    • This course or equivalent is required initially and every 3 years by anyone that operates a forklift.  It is recommended that it be taken annually as a refresher as well. In addition, forklift operators are required to complete a practical forklift performance test to be authorized to operate a forklift.  Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
    • Audience: Personnel who operate forklifts (or powered industrial trucks).

For further training and registration information, go to EHS Safety Training.


Forklift Performance Test

Forklift Operators Daily Checklist

External Links

OSHA Forklift eTool

OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks