Operator Training

Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) Operator Training

OSHA DOES NOT give out PIT certifications. However, OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks standard (29 CFR 1910.178) does explain the minimum requirements employers must meet in setting up the training requirements that their employees who operate forklifts and other PITs must meet.  

OSHA spells out the OSHA PIT certification requirements for employee forklift training in 1910.178(l).

In the standard, OSHA requires employers to develop and implement a forklift operator training program. OSHA requires that the forklift training program be based on:

  • General principles of safe forklift operation
  • The type of vehicles being used (the training requirements are actually for “powered industrial trucks” which includes forklifts but also other types of vehicles)
  • Hazards created by use of the forklift in the workplace
  • The general safety requirements of the OSHA powered industrial truck/forklift standard

OSHA PIT training certification is the employer’s responsibility.  Training must consist of classroom (CBT) and hands on training.

Before an employee can operate a forklift or other PIT in the workplace, the employer must evaluate the forklift operator’s performance and determine if the employee can operate the forklift appropriately.

To be a fully trained and certified forklift operator, the employee must demonstrate that he can she can do the job properly and safely. Only trained and authorized operators shall be permitted to operate fork trucks!