Class VII forklifts are rough terrain lift trucks frequently used in construction, mining, forestry, logging and agricultural settings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that drivers be trained in the classroom and have supervised driving hours in order to operate these all terrain forklifts in a work environment.
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OSHA requires that forklift operators get classroom or lecture style training before they are certified to drive lift trucks. There is no minimum time requirement, but the content of the training must include information about the specific types of all terrain forklifts the operator will be driving. Oral and/or written exams may be given as part of this training.
As part of their certification training, forklift operators must receive supervised driving training on the type of all terrain forklifts they will be driving in the workplace, in the environment in which they will be operating. OSHA requires that the driver learn how to drive the specific vehicle she will be required to operate on the terrain she will be operating in, as well with nearby structures and pedestrian and vehicle traffic that are similar to the conditions she'll be working in. There is no minimum time requirement for the supervised driving.
OSHA requires that drivers receive periodic refresher training. The organisation does not spell out how often the refresher training must take place or what the contents must be. If the operator drives a forklift regularly, the refresher training typically consists primarily of classroom training. If he only drives occasionally, the refresher training may include supervised driving time.
Once the initial classroom training and supervised driving are complete, an employer may certify the driver as having been trained on the all terrain forklift. Certificates must be kept on file and presented to an OSHA auditor an request. Dates of any refresher training must also be added to the certificate.
Exceptions and Transferability
When an all terrain forklift is being employed in an agricultural setting, the driver does not need to be certified. This exception applies only to smaller farms.
Certificates of completion of forklift training are not transferable between jobs. The driver must receive classroom and supervised driving training in the new work environment.
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