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OSHA's forklift regulations are intended to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur as a result of inadequate operator training. The regulations apply to all industries (general industry, construction, shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring operations) in which forklift trucks are used, except agricultural operations. OSHA estimates that compliance with OSHA training requirements will prevent 11 deaths and 9,422 injuries per year.

This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements for becoming an authorized forklift (powered industrial truck) operator. After students successfully complete this course and demonstrate their skills by driving and operating a forklift, they will be considered an authorized powered industrial truck operator.

Who Needs This Course?

This course is intended for all forklift operators.

What Will You Learn?

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe forklift operator requirements.
  • List the items that must be checked in a pre-operation inspection.
  • State the specific characteristics of your forklift.
  • Recognize workplace hazards.
  • List safe driving rules and key safety concerns.
  • Demonstrate safe load handling procedures.
  • Explain how to recharge batteries, change batteries or propane tanks, and refuel a forklift.
  • Discuss safe operating procedures for special units of forklifts.


OSHA — 29 CFR 1910.178

Approximate Length

1 hour

Delivery Method


Course Features

  • Narration and easy navigation
  • Interactive lessons
  • Supplementary material
  • Links to regulations
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Objective-based exams