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OSHA Forklift Training Course

Course Specifics

OSHA Forklift Operator Training For Lift Truck Drivers

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Course Overview:

Our OSHA Forklift Operator safety training course is designed to assist companies achieve compliance with the current safety training requirements found in Materials Handling and Storage, 29 CFR 1910.178, Title, Powered Industrial Trucks. This formal forklift operator training is intended to cover the general forklift safety rules and regulations for all types and classifications of Powered Industrial Trucks.

Powered Industrial Truck Operator Course

Omega Safety Training’s Forklift Operator safety training course is designed to meet the safety training requirements set by OSHA standards for Powered Industrial Trucks. The curriculum comprehensively explores safety protocols and regulatory guidelines for operating various types and classifications of forklifts along with Powered Industrial Truck specific safe practices.

Construction workers watching forklift demonstration

With 7 different PIT classifications our qualified instructor will focus specifically on the classifications and workplace relevant topics that students are likely to experience. This will further ensure the training your staff receives complies with applicable standards.

The main objective of this training is to equip individuals with the proficiency and competence required to become a qualified and authorized powered industrial truck operator. Possessing the needed forklift training and certification of course completion indicates that the individual has acquired the necessary knowledge and mastered the intricate skills essential for operating Powered Industrial Trucks, in a manner that embodies the highest standards of safety and professionalism.

Benefits of Our Training

Enrolling in our Forklift Operator Training safety training course offers the following advantages for both employers and employees:

  • Enhanced Safety: Our qualified forklift operator safety training equips operators with the knowledge and skills needed to operate forklifts safely.
  • Compliance: We ensure that participants receive formal and hands-on training compliant with applicable requirements. Which helps keep your organization compliant with regulations and avoid potential fines.
  • Improved Efficiency: Qualified operators are more proficient in their roles, increasing productivity and reducing material handling costs.
  • Lower Risk: Reduced accidents and damage mean lower insurance premiums and decreased liability for your business.
  • Career Advancement: Employees who complete our qualified forklift operator safety training are better positioned for career growth and material handling and logistics opportunities.
  • Confidence: Our comprehensive course instills confidence in qualified forklift operators, allowing them to handle equipment competently and professionally.
  • Peace of Mind: Employers can enjoy peace of mind knowing their qualified forklift operators are well-trained and capable of handling the equipment safely.

Course Topics Covered

4-Hour Formal Classroom Session: This includes classroom instruction tailored to the student’s equipment classification and workplace. Participants in the session will learn about the following items and much more.

Powered Industrial Truck Knowledge

              • Types of Powered Industrial Trucks
              • Powered Industrial Truck Pre-Use Inspection
              • Powered Industrial Truck Operation
              • Powered Industrial Truck Safety
              • Powered Industrial Truck Maintenance
              • Powered Industrial Truck Refueling and Recharging
              • Workplace conditions
              • Pedestrian Safety

Forklift Operator Skills Assessment

Upon successfully completing the formal powered industrial truck training each participant will spend time with the specific classification of equipment they are intended to use in their workplace. During this time the participants will learn how to complete a pre-use inspection following the manufactures pre-use inspection guidelines and/or company specific pre-use inspection forms.

Participants will then proceed to the hands-on operator assessment portion of the training for their final assessment. During this portion of the course the instructor evaluates the potential operator’s confidence and ability to safely operate the powered industrial truck through the designated course and workplace performing a series of maneuvers.

Maneuvers will include but are not limited to, exhibiting proper mounting, and dismounting, driving with and without a load both forward and in reverse through the designated course, driving up and down ramps as applicable with and without loads, using all control functions in various lifting situations, retrieving and depositing loads on racks systems at various levels.

Qualified Powered Industrial Truck Course Completion Certification

Participants that successfully complete all portions of the forklift operator training will receive both course completion certificate and wallet card. This will identify the participant as a qualified operator but will still need to be authorized by the employer. Information provided on these documents will include, course name, student name, instructor name, date of training and evaluation, date of expiration, and classification of PIT qualified on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is forklift certification necessary?

Attending a forklift training certification course is essential for legal compliance. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers must certify their forklift operators. Compliance with OSHA regulations is crucial to avoid penalties and legal liabilities.

Also, attending an OSHA forklift certification online course is crucial for safety reasons. Forklifts are heavy and complicated machines that can pose a significant risk to the operator and those nearby if maneuvered incorrectly. Certification programs prioritize safety training and teach operators how to navigate various scenarios safely while handling materials with care. This focus on safety helps reduce the risk of accidents, injuries, and property damage in the workplace. 

An OSHA forklift certification online course is unquestionably worthwhile. It ensures legal compliance, upholds safety standards, develops essential skills, reduces costs and fosters career advancement.

To ensure the safe operation of Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs), commonly known as forklifts, OSHA has established strict guidelines and regulations for forklift training. The rules for forklift training put forth by OSHA can be summarized as follows:

        1. Certification Requirement: OSHA requires that all forklift operators be appropriately certified and trained before driving PITs in the workplace. This certification must be specific to the type of forklift and the conditions under which it will be operated.
        2. Training Content: OSHA mandates that forklift training programs cover a range of essential topics, including:
              • Safe forklift operation techniques.
              • Understanding the specific forklift’s controls and capabilities.
              • Proper load handling and stability.
              • Maintenance and inspection procedures.
              • Hazard recognition and avoidance.
              • OSHA regulations and workplace-specific rules.
        3. Evaluation: Training programs must include formal instruction (classroom or online) and practical hands-on training. Operators must be evaluated and demonstrate their ability to safely operate the forklift in the workplace, including maneuvering, load handling and adherence to safety protocols.
        4. Refresher Training: OSHA mandates refresher training and evaluation for forklift operators in specific situations, such as when they are observed operating unsafely or when workplace conditions change significantly.
        5. Employer Responsibilities: Employers provide the necessary training, ensure that operators are certified, and maintain training records. They must also ensure that forklift operators follow all guidelines and use the equipment safely.

While the OSHA forklift test is designed to ensure that operators have the knowledge and skills needed for safe forklift operation, it is relatively easy for individuals who have completed a reputable training program and are adequately prepared. 

The following are the critical considerations regarding the validity of a forklift training certification:

        • OSHA’s Perspective: According to OSHA, there’s no specific timeframe for how long a forklift certification lasts. Instead, the organization requires forklift operators to be reevaluated whenever there is any doubt about their competence. This doubt could arise due to observed unsafe behavior, involvement in an accident or changes in the workplace that affect safe operation.
        • Employer Policies: Employers establish certification renewal policies, which may require forklift operators to undergo refresher training and evaluation every three years. However, some employers may have shorter or longer renewal periods depending on their assessment of operator proficiency and safety.

Changing Circumstances:  Forklift certifications may also need to be updated when operators are assigned to different types of forklifts or when there are significant workplace conditions or equipment changes.

Please Contact Us to request training, and we will respond within 24 hours of your request.

On-Site Training. Omega Safety Training Inc. will travel to your location to train your staff on your Heavy Equipment.

Methods of instruction include but are not limited to, lecture, power point presentation, video and case studies of various fatal accidents. Each student will be required to take a written test and complete a hands-on vehicle inspection and driving proficiency test.

  1. Student Workbook provided to each student
  2. Student Test & Test Answer Sheet supplied for each student
  3. Pens, Hand-outs, and forms provided for each student
  1. Grading and testing procedures will strictly follow Omega Safety Training, Inc. requirements.
  2. Each Student must pass each of the tests with a passing grade of 80% or better. Should a student fail the written or hands-on portion of the test that student will be required to retake the course.
  3. Hands-on portion is graded by maneuvers, with each maneuver have a possible 3/3 score. The student starts the course with a perfect score of 24/24 and for each cone hit a minimum of 1 point is deducted with a minimum passing score of 20/24 points equaling 80%.
  4. Students will be immediately disqualified should they display any unsafe behaviors while operating the equipment and the specified contact will be notified immediately.
  5. Any student caught cheating during any tests will be immediately removed from the class and our specified contact will be notified immediately.


At Omega Safety Training, Inc., we understand that each business has unique safety needs and requirements. That’s why we offer personalized training services tailored to meet specific industry standards and regulations. Our commitment is to ensure that your employees are well-prepared to maintain a safe working environment. Our goal is to provide comprehensive safety training solutions.

We invite you to contact us today and learn more about how we can help your business stay compliant with industry regulations while ensuring the safety of your employees and operations. Contact us now and let Omega Safety Training,

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