The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) General Industry Forklift Standard requires that you provide a forklift safety program that includes identification of hazards, requirements for safe operations, inspection procedures, operator training, and pedestrian safety.
Why “OSHA’s General Industry Forklift Standard” Matters:
- Each year, more than 20,000 injuries related to forklifts occur in United States workplaces.
- According to OSHA, most employee injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety rule enforcement, and insufficient or inadequate training. OSHA rules are designed to prevent such injuries.
- Establish and enforce rules for safe forklift operation.
- Make sure forklifts are properly inspected before each shift.
- Train drivers to operate forklifts safely.
- Ensure safety for employees who work around forklifts.