Company FAQ (Frequently Asked Training Questions)

The questions that an employer and an individual ask are often the same. The answers, however, can be very different. This is because the training needs and requirements for a company are different that they are for a company. The information on this page is for a company. Please return to the home page if you are looking for the faq page for individuals.

Q. what does OSHA require?

A. OSHA requires employers to train their employees and to provide equipment that is properly maintained and safe to operate. the training must include:

  1. Formal training in a classroom setting
  2. Practical (demonstration and practical exercises) training and
  3. Operator Evaluations

*note-OSHA has ruled that the classroom training can be done in a warehouse setting provided there is not equipment being operated during while the training is being done.

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Q. who needs to be trained?

A. OSHA states that anyone who MIGHT operate a forklift MUST be trained. They are also very specific about who can do the training and what must be included.

Q. What is OSHA’s position on computer-based, video & PowerPoint forklift training programs?

A. OSHA urges employers to be wary of relying solely on generic, “packaged” computer-based, PowerPoint and video training. you can learn more about this on the OSHA website.

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Q. How much does the training cost?

A. there is simply no way to answer this question without knowing where you are located, how many people are being trained and which “types” of equipment (forklifts, scissor lifts, cranes, etc.) that they drive. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to request a quote.

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Q. How long does the training take?

A. The actual time(s) may vary but it usually takes between 2.5 and 3.5 hours to train a group of 6-10 workers.

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Q. How long does is it good for?

A. OSHA states that retraining and/or refresher training is required when information available to the employer shows that the employee lacks the skills or knowledge to operate the truck safely; has been observed operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner; has been involved in an accident or near miss incident; has received an evaluation that reveals the employee is not operating the truck safely; when the employee is assigned to drive a different type of truck; when a condition in the workplace changes that could affect the safe operation of the truck; or when an operator evaluation is required.

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Q. When is an Operator evaluation required?

A. An evaluation of each forklift driver’s performance is required after initial training, after refresher training and at least once every three years.

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Q. What training do you offer?

A. Houston Forklift Safety offers several different types of training and certification.

  • Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Training  This class is for experienced and entry-level workers who will operate a forklift; narrow aisle; reach truck; stock picker; cherry picker; wheeled articulating vehicle (WAV); electric pallet jack; tow tractors; or  man lift in the work-place (more info)

  • Aerial Equipment & Scissor Lift Training – boom lift; aerial ladder; vertical tower (aka man lift); scissor lift and; bucket lift
  • Crane & Rigger Safety (includes Signal Giver) : This is a 1-day or a 2-day “Safety & Awareness” course (more info)

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Q. Where can I get additional information about OSHA standards?

A. For more information, contact your local or Regional OSHA office (listed in the telephone directory under United States Government – Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA also has a Home Page on the Internet.

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