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 out of the operator’s workplace must be supplemented with on-site training that covers site-specific hazards and tasks the operator will be performing.
Supervisor’s must ensure that each of their employee operators has been trained, evaluated, and certified.
How do I become certified at UK?
- You can meet the requirements described in the introductory paragraphs above by:
- Completing classroom training UK Forklift training, or other source as that meets the regulatory content requirements.
- Receive hands-on training from your operational unit’s qualified trainer.
- Qualified trainer completes the Forklift Operator Evaluation. The completed evaluation shall be maintained per the operational unit’s standard practices.
- Complete the Forklift Quiz.
How do I maintain my certification?
- Operators must be re-evaluated at least once every three years and receive refresher training:
- When the operator is observed operating the forklift unsafely
- After a forklift incident or near-miss incident
- When the operator is assigned to operate another type of forklift
- When there is a change in the workplace that could affect the safe operation of the forklift
To view your department's confined space program, visit UK Safety Sites.
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