According to Cal/OSHA regulations (link), all employers must ensure that employees are competent to operate powered motor vehicles, including forklifts, prior to allowing them to operate these vehicles as part of their job.
“Ensuring competence” isn’t up to the discretion of the employer, though. They must show that each operator has completed training that meets or exceeds Cal/OSHA requirements.
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Cal/OSHA Rules Regarding Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training
The following is a partial list of regulations related to operator training for forklifts and other industrial trucks (full text):
- Training program implementation. Trainees may operate a powered industrial truck only:
- Under the direct supervision of persons who have the knowledge, training and experience to train operators and evaluate their competence; and
- Where such operation does not endanger the trainee or other employees.
- Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, interactive computer learning, video tape, written material), practical training (demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee) and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.
- All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, training and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence.
- Training program content. Powered industrial truck operators shall receive initial training in the following topics, except in topics which the employer can demonstrate are not applicable to the safe operation of the truck in the employer’s workplace.
- Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions for the types of truck the operator will be authorized to operate;
- Differences between the truck and the automobile;
- Truck controls and instrumentation: where they are located, what they do, and how they work;
- Engine or motor operation;
- Steering and maneuvering;
- Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations;
- Composition of loads to be carried and load stability;
- Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking;
- Other unique or potentially hazardous conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation.;
- And more.
- Refresher training and evaluation. Refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted as required by subsection (d)(1) to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.
- The employer shall certify that each operator has been trained and evaluated as required by this section. The certification shall include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.
Full text is here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3668.html
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