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How to Be Sure Forklift Operators are Certified and Well-Trained

Posted by Brian Quigley, Director of Client Services on May 21, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Sometimes training and driver certifications are not at the top of a manager’s list of priorities. But failing to track and be certain that all forklift operators are certified and well-trained increases the risk of impacts, injuries, and regulatory fines. training-2874597_640(1)

Tracking operator certification can be easier than you think, and it can even be combined with monitoring how each operator performs each day. This is an essential part of determining training needs and providing the skills and awareness for greater safety and productivity.

Let’s look at how to monitor and track these important safety needs and provide customized training to those who need it most

1. Use a telematics system to monitor & track each operator & their certifications.

This software sends an alert to managers and drivers when certifications are near expiration. This helps to ensure refresher training is provided on a timely basis — no guesswork or manual tracking is required.

2. Control driver access.

Forklifts monitored by a telematics platform have an operator identification-card reader, which limits vehicle access to appropriately trained operators. Operator certifications can be required before an operator can use a particular vehicle model. The vehicle can be locked out if the operator is not in compliance. 

3. Set refresher training reminders, monitor driver habits & behavior for deficits.

OSHA requires refresher training every three years — or more frequently, if operator behavior indicates a driver: 

  • Fails to follow established operating guidelines; 
  • Is involved in a property-damage incident or an accident resulting in injury; 
  • Demonstrates a lack of proper skills in operation of the equipment; 
  • Needs training on a new piece of equipment that has been introduced into the workplace. 

OSHA offers a wealth of support when it comes to education regarding potential warehouse hazards and solutions to everyday challenges in this environment. There are training grants offered through OSHA that your organization may qualify for. For example, nonprofit organizations searching for ways to help their workers identify and prevent workplace injuries now have an opportunity to apply for training grants through OSHA.

Grants are available in three areas: Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building.

  • Targeted Topic Training grants support educational programs that address identifying and preventing workplace hazards. These grants require applicants to conduct training on OSHA-designated workplace safety and health hazards.
  • Training and Educational Materials Development grants help develop quality classroom-ready training and educational materials that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards.
  • Capacity Building grants help develop a new capacity for conducting workplace safety and health training programs for identified needs.

Injury and impact prevention

It is easy to lose track of operator training and certification with the constant growing demand for productivity in your warehouse. But, ensuring that operators are always certified and refresher training is provided on a timely basis is easy with the right telematics platform — and no guesswork or manual tracking is required. 

Topics: driver behavior, compliance requirements, driver training, fleet monitoring, osha inspection, continuous improvement, forklift impacts, operator report card, forklift operators