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Pallet jacks have been around since 1918. (Source: Popular Science Monthly).
OSHA requires pallet jack training for pallet jack operators--on that there is no question. Where confusion exists is how often operators need pallet jack refresher training or recertification. Outside of the initial safety training class, OSHA requires pallet jack operators be re-evaluated every three years to determine if they are still competent enough to operate.
However, this every-three-year pallet jack evaluation is the maximum time that is allowed to pass before an operator receives pallet jack recertification. According to OSHA, there are several instances that will require additional pallet jack training and observation before the three year period is up:
Not likely. OSHA requires forklift operators to receive forklift training for each type of forklift. On this term, “type,” there is much confusion. Generally speaking, by “type” OSHA means sit down forklift vs. stand up forklift vs. telescopic handler vs. truck mounted forklift, etc. For example, say you have always operated a stand up forklift in a warehouse but have suddenly been asked to operate a telehandler. In this case, you would need additional forklift training specific to telescopic reach forklifts.
If you have received sit down counterbalanced forklift training in a warehouse and have always operated a Toyota forklift, but then are asked to operate a Cat forklift, you should be just fine to operate under the same pallet jack certification received previously. Keep in mind though, controls can differ greatly from brand to brand, so in some cases you may need additional instruction or a quick refresher training to make sure you are clear on what each control does.
No matter how long you’ve been on the job, OSHA requires pallet jack training, a pallet jack written exam, and a practical pallet jack evaluation. There is no way around it. The extent of the classroom training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the pallet jack operator not only understands but is capable of operating safely. In the opinion of many, the practical evaluation is of the greatest overall value.
This is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained specifically for the type of pallet jack and job. If you bring a pallet jack certificate or wallet card to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to OSHA that they trained you on pallet jack operations.
This, above all, causes a lot of confusion. Bottom line, OSHA states that employers are responsible to train their employees. Generally speaking, there are three ways they can do this:
In terms of using a 3rd party for safety training materials (like our boom truck operator training kits on CD or our boom truck operator online training class) OSHA does not recognize one company over another. They simply state that ‘training needs to occur’ and ‘here are the things a mobile crane operator should be trained on.’
When we do live training or offer boom truck operator training online, people often assume we are the ones certifying the trainees. This is not true for any training company. We are simply assisting the employer by providing live boom truck training or the boom truck training materials needed to help them boom truck certify their employees.
As mentioned earlier, there is a lot of confusion surrounding OSHA’s proposal to enact a law requiring boom truck operators to pass a boom truck written exam and a boom truck practical exam to be boom truck certified. This proposal is not in effect. It has been delayed at least until November 2017. But even if the law passes, boom truck operators will still need to receive traditional operator safety training outside of the additional exams.
The online pallet jack training class covers OSHA’s requirements for the classroom portion. Many employers prefer online training because they know exactly what pallet jack training the operator will receive. In live classes, the training sometimes varies. A written exam is included at the end of our online training courses. After the pallet jack class and exam are finished, you and your safety managers will have immediate access to a practical evaluation checklist. This can be printed off and used by your supervisor to help him or her evaluate you on the pallet jack . When done, they can sign it and file it with your exam. This will satisfy OSHA’s requirements for pallet jack certification.
No. OSHA states that the pallet jack manufacturer must approve the use of a specific pallet jack attachment. Too often we see pallet jack operators using personnel work platforms (man baskets) or other attachments that are made by different manufacturers. They assume that because their pallet jack is equipped to use such an attachment, it is okay to use any brand. Not true. If you are operating a Toyota pallet jack then you must contact Toyota and get their written approval to use any attachment, especially if they are of another brand. New capacity plates must be issued with any addition. Your operator’s manual will tell you if your pallet jack can handle certain kinds of attachments or not.
Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a boom truck. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.