Forklift operator safety training is a critical part of the job to provide prevention of accidents on the job site for the equipment operator. Always being vigilant and alert to potential hazards and how to handle them if they occur is crucial.
Safety is a Number One Priority
The more you learn about the proper way to operate a forklift, and how to make sure it’s performing efficiently, the safer you will be. OSHA does make the rules but does not address the training requirements or the certification for the workers. Also, training is voluntary for them with the guidelines given. OSHA does not provide the training itself or the certification, and does not approve or accredit the offered training programs.
However, there are OSHA standards required that employers train their employees in appropriate safety and health aspects of jobs.
Mid Atlantic’s forklift safety training course complies with the OSHA regulations and are, after completion, accepted by OSHA as documentation of the student receiving proper training. The course is convenient because it can be taken by an individual or a group at our facility, or at a facility they desire.
The course includes detailed instruction, video, training on equipment inspection, multiple choice test, and a hands-on driving evaluation. The student receives an operator’s license and a nationally-accredited certificate when the training is completed, and the company also receives a certificate of completion.
Benefits of Taking a Forklift Safety Training Course
- Some workplaces require the course for a driver to operate their equipment.
- Money and time can be saved by training on the exact forklift type that you use at your job. OSHA rules state that your employer is responsible for providing equipment-specific and site-specific training on the particular equipment that you use.
- You can work on the modules and complete the training quickly.
- You can update your resume and LinkedIn to add the course completed and the certificates you achieved. This may increase pay or the ability to make advancements in your job.
- Operators who become fully trained as certified forklift drivers and comply with the OSHA rules make higher salaries than operators who do not. They are in high demand and often are indispensable to an employer.