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Forklift Operator Training

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 do you know that 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:



  • An operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner
  • The operator has been involved in an accident or near miss incident.
  • The operator has been assigned to operate a different type of truck
  • A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safe operation of the truck.

Some companies don’t realize that the four items above require refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, no matter when they occur. Also, it’s possible some companies might define an accident or “near miss” as normal driving in their business. Some organizations may call something “unsafe driving” where as another organization would think the same type of driving is perfectly normal for their business or industry.  Many such “grey” areas exist within the OSHA Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training requirements, and some companies just are not aware of them.

How can your organization, or any organization for that matter, ensure compliance with the federal and state Powered Industrial Training Operator Training requirements, and be confident that they are providing a productive and safe working environment for their operators and all employees working in and around the warehouse area? Contact the professionals at TMH who can answer any questions you may have, and ask for a free on site evaluation of your current operator training and certification program.  TMH has been doing on-site forklift training and certification throughout the bay area for over 25 years, and was the first material handling company in California to offer “train the trainer” training. The TMH training department has dedicated full time trainers available to not only train and certify your operators, but also to educate your managers and other company officials on the “grey” (or black and white) areas of the regulations to ensure your companies complete compliance.

For questions about this article, federal or state powered industrial truck regulations, TMH training programs, or to schedule your free on-site evaluation please contact.


Mark Gates

Training Manager

Toyota Material Handling Northern California