From the soil that holds the building foundation to the lights that illuminate the sky, construction equipment has helped build our infrastructure for over a hundred years. These modern marvels have improved manufacturing, increased production, and continue to help reduce hazards when used correctly. This blog will explore what training is required to become an operator and the necessary refresher courses to continue to stay certified.
Initial Training Requirements
OSHA requires employers to implement a training program that provides the operator with the principles to operate equipment safely. This includes a formal instruction (presentation, video, etc.), practical demonstration, and a written evaluation. Topics that should be covered in the training include:
Once the employee has demonstrated they are competent in operating the equipment safely and have passed their evaluations, employers can certify them to operate the given equipment.
Depending on the type of equipment you are operating, refresher training may be required to continue being certified. While all equipment is not required to have a refresher course, most companies recommend refresher training every three years to update the operator on relevant topics and changes to the equipment. Alongside recommended training every three years, refresher training is also required when:
If the employee fails to complete additional refresher training or continues to operate equipment in an unsafe manner, additional actions and training should be reviewed before the employee returns to operating equipment.
When developing a company equipment training program, it is important to remember training is only part of a safe operation. Be sure to review the OSHA standards, operator manuals, and operating procedures when creating training to help make your certified operators safe, competent, and mindful of those around them. To keep the conversation going, download the Forklift Safety Toolbox Talk (TBT) or comment below.