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The new standards place greater responsibility on the equipment user/owner regardless of whether they are a large maintenance operation or a small business that rents a scissor lift, boom lift, etc. for seasonal work. Employers, owners and operators must be in compliance by December 10, 2019.
Don’t get caught off guard. Learn more about the new ANSI A92.22 standards for Safe Use and ANSI A92.24 standards for Training.
The benefits of proactive safety training include:
- Greater productivity
- Decreased maintenance Costs
- Lower insurance premiums
Keep reading to learn four major benefits of forklift safety training.
According to OSHA, the major causes of injuries and fatalities involving aerial lifts are: collapses or tip-overs, falls and electrocution. Though OSHA classifies scissor lifts as a mobile scaffolds (not aerial lifts), the safety guidelines are similar.
Scissor lifts can be used in place of a boom lift in warehouses, construction, manufacturing, video shoots and a many other industries. Scissor lifts are different from other types of aerial lifts mainly because the mechanism that does the lifting is a set of crossed beams that extend and close like scissors.
In this article, we’ll review some important safety guidelines for using scissor lifts and OSHA / Cal OSHA requirements for training.
In 2006, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted new regulations to reduce emissions from large spark-ignited (LSI) engine powered equipment including forklifts, sweeper/scrubbers and industrial tow tractors. The regulation set fleet average emission level requirements (FAELs) that decreased each year to encourage the use of electric vehicles and low-emissions engines. CARB’s regulation applies to off-road gasoline, propane, LPG, CNG, and electric vehicles of 25 horsepower or greater.
Unlike car emissions where each vehicle receives a tailpipe assessment, a fleet is evaluated by uploading make, model, year and other data to CARB online. Each vehicle receives an emissions score based on its age and other factors.
- Electric forklifts receive zero points
- Forklifts older than 2001 automatically score 12 points
- Newer forklifts may only score 1-3 points depending on the year they were made
CARB calculates an average of all the vehicles and this its FAEL (fleet average emissions level). On July 21, 2016, the Air Resources Board amended the regulation to include new reporting and labeling requirements. The deadline to have vehicles reported and labeled is June 30th, 2017.
Interested in learning how to drive a forklift? Wondering what it takes to become a certified forklift operator, what a forklift license is and where to go for training? Read on for the answers...
A forklift operator’s certificate is a bit like a driver’s license - though you don’t need a driver’s license to become a forklift operator. Just like a driver’s license indicates if the driver can operate a motorcycle or a commercial vehicle, a forklift license specifies what forklift type that the operator is certified to use (a pallet truck with an electric motor, for example) as well as any attachments.
It's common knowledge that forklift drivers must be trained on each piece of equipment they operate, but what about other workers in the warehouse or yard? While there aren't any OSHA requirements for pedestrian training, OSHA's General Duty Clause says employers take measures to protect employees from recognized risks.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), nearly 20 percent of forklift accidents involve a pedestrian. So, roughly 19,000 people per year, an average of 1 in 10 forklifts is involved in an incident each year.
Refresher Training. OSHA 1910.178 (l) (4) (iii) states “An evaluation of each Powered Industrial Truck operators performance shall be conducted at least once every 3 years”. Everyone knows that!
But did you know: there are other, often overlooked reasons that you would be required to provide refresher training more frequently than every 3 years? 1910.178(l) (4) says refresher training in relevant topics shall be provided to the operator when: