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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 [pdf]
Rutgers Powered Industrial Trucks Safety Checklist [pdf]
Rutgers Powered Industrial Truck Operator's Daily Checklist [pdf]



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