California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8, Section §3668
Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training
Every employer shall ensure that all operators have successfully completed training
Training shall consist of lecture, discussion, video/DVD, and driving evaluation
Competency must be demonstrated to instructor in order to pass training
Employee evaluation shall be conducted at least once every 3 years
These operator training rules became effective July 15, 2000. Many employers have been mislead or confused about this requirement. The following course outline is provided to ensure compliance with this Standard. A complete copy of the Standard is available upon request.
Class length is about 2-3 hours. May vary based on group size, equipment and experience level
Classes will be conducted at the employer’s facility using the company’s forklift(s)
Classes are available Monday-Friday anytime and Saturdays before 12:00pm
Class costs vary depending on class size and the experience level of the driver(s)
Employee notes/handout reference materials
Lecture on all aspects of forklift driving and principles
Video/DVD presentation showing safe driving points and procedures
Driving test in work environment to determine control and competency level
Written test to document knowledge of forklift principles and safety procedures
Certification Cards or Certificates for all employees completing the course successfully
Forklift operator certification must be renewed no less than every 3rd year with all employees who will be operating/driving vehicle (including part-time and third shift drivers). Poor driving skills, accidents or near misses mandates operator re-training sooner.
“Forklift Driving Rules” poster must be posted in all driving areas (supplied with class if requested).
Employee training records are to be kept for one year from the date of training per OSHA (unless re-certification is conducted less frequently).
New: OSHA Regulations now require that employees be trained on all of the equipment that they operate, and in the environment that they work (despite previous experience).