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Refresher Forklift Training

OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires all forklift drivers to undergo refresher training courses periodically. The refresher class should be geared towards the specific device the employee is using in the workplace as well as for the environment they work in. Even experienced drivers need to be reassessed to confirm they remain competent to drive. Most refresher training will take place every three years, if a driver is learning a new machine, when a driver is spotted driving the equipment in an unsafe manner or if the driver is involved in an accident.

Training requirements for drivers include a classroom style training and a supervised driving training. With the classroom style, a driver typically will learn about the device he will be driving and safety measures specific to that vehicle. During the supervised drive an operator will be driving in the environment that he will be working in, including the terrain, structures and pedestrian traffic.

Specific work related topics should include, but are not limited to:

  • pedestrian traffic;
  • hazardous material locations;
  • proper ventilation;
  • proper use of ramps;
  • surface conditions;
  • load stability;
  • and any other work related items specific to the business.

Specific information covered should include, but is not limited to:

  • instruments and controls;
  • steering;
  • capacity;
  • stability;
  • engine operation;
  • visibility;
  • fork operations and limitations;
  • maintenance;
  • battery charging and fueling;
  • and any other information covered in the operations manual.

Classroom training can be done in a typical classroom setting, or more conveniently online. You can save both time and money by taking your certification with online classes such as at US Forklift Certification. The class is taken from the comfort of your own, or anywhere with a computer that has internet access. Once you have successfully completed the class, you are directed to print your certificate off and will be mailed you card shortly thereafter.

Once a driver is certified, a certificate will be generated and the driver’s employment file will be updated with name, certification (or re-certification) date, supervisor and signatures of both employee and training supervisor. This should remain on file through the employment in case there is a need for OSHA to review the certification.


New York City and Surrounding Area – New York Forklift Certification

New York  is one of the fastest growing states economically and industrially. That’s great news, especially in today’s economy. As you enter this industry, you will find that this is not a cookie-cutter position. There are several different types of vehicles that you may be asked to use, depending on your environment.

For instance, if you’re working indoors, you will most likely be using an electrical device instead of one that runs on gas. That’s because this will eliminate the flood of noxious gases coursing throughout the building. However, that also means that there will be different requirements when maintaining and using the vehicle.

As you go through your forklift training, you will come to understand all of these differences, and more. You will need to be aware of all workplace safety policies, and also the safety requirements as mandated by OSHA.

You will cover all of the federal regulations during your certification program, and these will be reinforced daily at the work site. The reason that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires this training is to help keep you and others safe. There are numerous accidents each year that cause severe injuries, loss of property, and even death. Being instructed in the proper use of these vehicles will indeed help to reduce the number of casualties each year.

The good news is that you are able to complete the entire certification course online. This is especially nice during those cold New York months when you’d really rather be inside in front of the fire than traveling on those icy roads. Once you purchase the course, you will immediately be given access to all of the training materials you’ll need.

If your life-plan changes, and you have to move for some reason, then you’ll be glad to know that your credentials will be good throughout the entire country (even Canada and Mexico). Your license is good for 36 months.