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Training Frequently Asked Questions


What is included in training from JIT Toyota-Lift?

JIT Toyota Lift’s Forklift Operator Training Classes are specialized to meet OSHA requirements in forklift training. Upon completion of the training class, JIT Toyota-Lift will provide the employer with the following:

  • A course outline showing the topics covered
  • The operator's written forklift training test
  • A forklift performance evaluation of the driver
  • Forklift Training Qualification Wallet Cards and Forklift Training Qualification Wall Certificates that the Employer may issue to the trainees

Where are JIT Toyota-Lift’s forklift operator classes held?

JIT Toyota-Lift will come to you! On-site forklift classes are the best way to train your forklift operators. On-site forklift training allows your forklift operators to use the actual equipment they’ll be using in the work environment they’ll be using it in.

Who teaches forklift training for JIT Toyota-Lift?

JIT Toyota-Lift’s forklift training classes are taught by Jim Skinner. Jim brings a unique set of skills as he worked many years as a road technician and now works as a Customer Service Support Rep and Training Specialist. Having worked on forklifts, he has an understanding of what is important to forklift operators, maintenance supervisors, and safety managers.

Read more about Jim here

How long are JIT Toyota-Lift’s Forklift Operator Classes?

JIT Toyota-Lift offers 4 hour long forklift operator classes that include the following:

  • 1 ½ hour class time
  • ½ hour written test time
  • 2 hours of hands on time

Timing varies with the amount of students.

Is there Aerial Lift Training?

JIT-Toyota Lift is proud to also offer Aerial Lift Operator Training. This training is ideal for our JLG Aerial Lifts or AICHI Aerial Lifts.

Is different forklift training required for different forklifts?

Training is different for each class of forklift because each forklift class has different characteristics.

OSHA requires training for the specific equipment that the operator will be using:

  • Class 1, 4, 5 – Sit-down Counterbalance Forklifts ( battery, gas, LP, and diesel powered)
  • Class 2 – Stand-up Narrow Isle Forklift
  • Class 3 – Electric Pallet Jacks

 

Is it better to complete Forklift Operator Training on-site or at a training facility?

On-site forklift classes are the best way to train your forklift operators. On-site forklift training fulfills the requirement for forklift operators to use the actual equipment they’ll be using in the work environment they’ll be using it in. JIT Toyota-Lift will come to you!

What is 190.178?

190.178 is an OSHA standard that mandates forklift operator training.

What exactly does OSHA require for forklift training? What is included in the OSHA forklift standard? What does the OSHA forklift standard say?

The training requirement found in 29 CFR 1910.178(l) for operators of powered industrial trucks and the same requirement for operators of powered industrial trucks in the construction [1926.602(d)] and maritime [1915.120, 1910.16(a)(2)(x), 1910.16(b)(2)(xiv), 1917.1(a)(2)(xiv), 1918.l(b)(10)] industries specify that the employer must develop a complete training program. OSHA requires that operators of powered industrial trucks be trained in the operation of such vehicles before they are allowed to operate them independently. The training must consist of instruction (both classroom-type and practical training) in proper vehicle operation, the hazards of operating the vehicle in the workplace, and the requirements of the OSHA standard for powered industrial trucks. Operators who have completed training must then be evaluated while they operate the vehicle in the workplace. Operators must also be periodically evaluated (at least once every three years) to ensure that their skills remain at a high level and must receive refresher training whenever there is a demonstrated need. To maximize the effectiveness of the training, OSHA will not require training that is duplicative of other training the employee has previously received if the operator has been evaluated and found competent to operate the truck safely. Finally, the training provisions require that the employer certify that the training and evaluations have been conducted.

Is there an age requirement to become a forklift operator?

Yes, you are required to be at least 18 years old to become a forklift operator.

Do you need a special certificate or card to operate a forklift?

An employer is required to be able prove that all of its forklift operators have been certified. That certification shall include the name of the operator, date of training, date of evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.

JIT Toyota-Lift offers Forklift Training Qualification Wallet Cards, and Forklift Training Qualification Wall Certificates.

Do you need a special driver’s license to become a forklift operator?

No, there is no special forklift driver’s license.

An employer is required to be able prove that all of its forklift operators have been certified. That certification shall include the name of the operator, date of training, date of evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.

JIT Toyota-Lift offers Forklift Training Qualification Wallet Cards, and Forklift Training Qualification Wall Certificates.

What documentation is required to show proper forklift qualification?

An employer is required to be able prove that all of its forklift operators have been certified. That certification shall include the name of the operator, date of training, date of evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.

JIT Toyota-Lift offers Forklift Training Qualification Wallet Cards, and Forklift Training Qualification Wall Certificates.

How long does forklift certification last? Does forklift certification expire? Do you have to renew your forklift certification?

OSHA requires that forklift operators be evaluated once every 3 years. JIT Toyota-Lift recommends renewing forklift operators’ training once every 3 years as well. Equipment, operators’ physical conditions, and facility layouts often change, so reevaluation is critical.

For more information, see our blog post How Often Must Forklift Operators Be Trained.

 

What happens if an employer fails to get its operators forklift trained?

OSHA will enforce fines or warnings on the employer for every violation until proper forklift training has been completed.

How is forklift operator training enforced?

OSHA enforces forklift training requirements in the following ways:

  • Regular OSHA forklift operator audits
  • After reported forklift accidents
  • If there is a fatality
  • If notified of improper forklift operating procedures

Does New York have any special forklift certification rules or forklift training? Do forklift operation rules change by state?

No, there are no special New York forklift rules. Forklift operation rules are governed by OSHA, which is a federal agency. Therefore, all states have the same forklift operation requirements.

What are the requirements to become a forklift operator?

In order to become a forklift operator, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate safe operation of a forklift
  • Complete a forklift training class and qualify to be a forklift operator
  • Your forklift training class must be taught by a qualified forklift instructor
  • Possess a Forklift Operator Certificate

What is OSHA?

OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration which is an agency of United States Department of Labor. OSHA assures safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing, training, outreach, education, and assistance.

Why is forklift training required?

Forklift training is required by OSHA standards to eliminate work place accidents and fatalities.

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