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Forklifts (Powered Industrial Trucks)

The purpose of this program is to establish criteria for the training of industrial truck operators and ensure employee(s)' health and safety while operating and/or working around powered industrial trucks, as required by OSHA CFR 29 CFR 1910.178.

This program covers all University employees who operate a Powered Industrial Truck. Powered Industrial Trucks are any mobile power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, and tier materials. Powered Industrial Trucks can be ridden or controlled by a walking operator. Examples includes forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers, and powered pallet jacks

New operators (as well as new University employees) shall complete a comprehensive training program. The training and certification are specific to the type of equipment the operators will use. Certification requires completion of:

  • Introductory classroom training program focusing on equipment operating characteristics and safe operating procedures;
  • Hands-on training with coaching from an experienced operator/trainer; and
  • Hands-on operation skill evaluation conducted by the operator/trainer and supervisor.

Experienced operators shall complete a classroom refresher training and hands-on review by their department or REHS at least once every three years.



OSHA CFR 29 CFR 1910.178
Rutgers Powered Industrial Truck Program
Powered Industrial Trucks Safety Checklist
Powered Industrial Truck Operator's Daily Checklist



Overall Program Management - Peter Skeels, or call 848-445-2550


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