OSHA Forklift Safety Training

In accordance with Federal OSHA Regulations 29 CFR 1910.178 and 29 CFR 1926.602(d)

Customer Reviews

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The training program was skillfully organized, providing valuable insights into the risks associated with operating forklifts and the main areas that must be prioritized for safe and effective forklift operations.

Everette James, Forklift Operator

I recently completed this forklift safety training online course, and I must say it's one of the most informative courses I've encountered.

Mark O’Hare, Warehouse Supervisor

This training presented the material clearly, and the convenience of online learning, coupled with the interactive elements, made the course enjoyable.

Dom Jones, Forklift Operator

This forklift safety training online course exceeded my expectations. The lessons were well-structured and easy to follow, covering all aspects of safe forklift operation.

Kevin Larry, Materials Handler

Cost: $59.99 / person

4 Hour Course | CEUs: 0.4


OSHA Forklift Safety Training course is designed to strengthen workplace safety when using powered industrial trucks such as forklifts. The course is developed to cover the training and educational needs of OSHA's General Industry Standard 29 CFR 1910.178 and OSHA’s Construction Industry Standard 29 CFR 1926.602(d)Participants taking this forklift safety training course will gain proficiency in equipment operation, pre-operation inspections, load handling, stability principles, workplace hazards, and emergency procedures. The goal is to ensure a safe working environment for operators and those working around forklifts, promoting overall workplace safety and adherence to legal requirements.

Who Needs Forklift Safety Training?

This forklift safety training course is ideal for individuals operating forklifts in various settings, including industrial workplaces, warehouses, and construction sites. This includes both new operators and those with experience, as well as employers, supervisors, and safety managers overseeing forklift operations. Warehouse workers, construction personnel, and anyone involved in material handling tasks should also undergo training to understand potential hazards and safety protocols. 

Some of the benefits of HAZWOPER OSHA Online Training

You can take the final exam once you complete the required study time. Upon passing the final exam, you will receive an electronic OSHA Forklift Safety Training certificate of course completion which will be emailed to you immediately.

  • Our online support is available 24/7, 365-days a year.
  • Our telephone support is available Monday to Saturday 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific time).

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Our interactive OSHA Forklift Safety Training course adds more value for the learner by creating a two-way dialogue and enabling a personalized, user-focused experience from start to finish. We periodically update content and add new videos, graphics, and animations to make the user experience interesting, informative, and enjoyable while keeping the safety training course content fresh and as dynamic as possible.

This Training course is narrated by professional narrators, who know how to bring their words to life in an enthusiastic, conversational tone. We firmly believe that the right voice can help elevate your learning experience.

You can click here to view a demo.

This OSHA Forklift Safety Training course can be taken entirely online. The material can be accessed anywhere, anytime from a computer, iPad®, iPhone®, or an Android® device of your choice. All you need is a fast internet connection and access to a web browser. All our training courses are built using HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your smartphone or another mobile device such as a tablet.

Our cloud-based learning management system (LMS) tracks your progress, which means you can seamlessly switch between different devices during your OSHA Forklift Safety Training without losing any progress. This means you can stop training in the middle of a lesson on your iPad® and resume your online safety training on your iPhone® without missing a step.

As our safety training courses are self-paced, you can complete this training at your convenience, moving through training content as quickly or slowly as you like. 

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The fundamental objective of the OSHA Forklift Safety Training course is to familiarize workers with the safe use of powered industrial trucks in compliance with OSHA’s General Industry Standard 29 CFR 1910.178 and OSHA's Construction Industry Standard 29 CFR 1926.602(d).

Course Objectives - OSHA Forklift Safety Training

After completing the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Recall the different classes and types of powered industrial trucks.
  • Recognize and understand potential hazards associated with forklift operation.
  • Gain knowledge of OSHA regulations related to forklift operation.
  • Enhance proficiency in performing pre-operation and operational inspections.
  • Understand basic maintenance tasks and responsibilities to keep the forklift in optimal working condition.
  • Summarize the safety protocols for fueling and refueling, changing batteries, and charging and handling batteries following industry standards.
  • Learn proper techniques for lifting, lowering, and transporting loads safely to prevent accidents and damage.
  • Understand the principles of load stability to prevent loads from shifting or falling during transportation.
  • Recall best practices to navigate through narrow aisles, doorways, and other confined spaces without compromising safety.
  • Understand and employ effective communication with ground personnel, ensuring clear signals and coordination during loading, unloading, and movement.
  • Understand the need for using personal protective equipment (PPE) while operating a forklift.
  • Be aware of and adapt to environmental factors, such as uneven surfaces, slippery conditions, and other elements that may impact forklift operation.
  • Learn how to navigate around pedestrians safely and establish clear pedestrian zones to minimize the risk of accidents.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining accurate records related to forklift inspections, maintenance, and incidents.

OSHA Forklift Safety Training Course Syllabus

This OSHA Forklift Safety Training course consists of 3 Modules and 10 lessons. Students are required to take each lesson in sequential order as listed below.

Course Content

OSHA Forklift Safety Training: Introduction

Module 1: Powered Industrial Trucks and OSHA

This module explores the crucial relationship between Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) and OSHA regulations. Participants will learn the fundamental principles of operating PITs in compliance with OSHA standards, emphasizing workplace safety and efficiency. Topics include in-depth information about powered industrial trucks, the classes and types of powered industrial trucks, OSHA regulations and their importance for workplace safety, hazard identification, and key safety guidelines for powered industrial truck operations in the workplace.

  • Lesson 1: Powered Industrial Trucks – The Basics
  • Lesson 2: OSHA Standards and Non-Compliance Hazards
  • Lesson 3: Truck Classes, Fuel Types, and Hazardous Locations
  • Lesson 4: Data Plate and Specifications

Module 2: Forklift Safety Inspections

This module centers on forklift safety inspections, guiding participants in conducting thorough assessments of the forklift components before use. Topics include routine inspections, safe fueling of forklifts, and best practices to safely charge and replace batteries.

  • Lesson 5: Pre-Operation Inspection
  • Lesson 6: Operational Inspection and Maintenance
  • Lesson 7: Fueling Forklifts and Charging Batteries

Module 3: Safe Loading of Materials

This module concentrates on OSHA-compliant procedures for safely loading and unloading materials using forklifts. Participants will learn about the stability principle, load capacity considerations, proper weight distribution, and safe work practices for loading dock operations when using forklifts.

  • Lesson 8: Stability Principle and Incident Prevention
  • Lesson 9: Lifting and Positioning Loads
  • Lesson 10: Loading Dock Operations

Final Examination

certificate of completion of OSHA Forklift Safety Training

This OSHA Forklift Safety Training course is designed by OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers and is updated and reviewed as soon as new requirements or regulations are issued by OSHA, DOT, EPA, and other regulatory agencies.

The course meets the compliance requirements of OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks Standard for the General Industry, 29 CFR 1910.178, and OSHA’s Material Handling Equipment Standard for the Construction Industry, 29 CFR 1926.602(d).


Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save, or print your Course Completion Certificate in PDF format.

Training Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course.

A Final Note

It is important to remember that attending a training course on its own will not make a worker competent. Competence is developed over time by implementing the knowledge acquired through a training course to on-the-job work processes. Therefore, in addition to this online course, you must receive additional hands-on training from your employer to better grasp the operations and specifics of forklifts or other powered industrial trucks being used in the workplace.

As an employer, do you want to train your employees as a team? Do your employees want to learn from a qualified instructor?

HAZWOPER OSHA offers customized group instructor-led training (ILT). We facilitate virtual/remote and in-person client-site training for groups of all sizes, led by OSHA-authorized trainers who guide individuals through the key topics of OSHA Forklift Safety Training as per OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks Standard 29 CFR 1910.178, and OSHA’s Material Handling Equipment Standard 29 CFR 1926.602(d).

We can customize this OSHA Forklift Safety Training course with your workplace-specific requirements so you can quickly and easily meet your workplace safety and health training goals.

Virtual Instructor-Led Group Training

Rates for the virtual/remote group ILT training courses are dependent on the number of participants and changes required (if any) to the course content. To get a quote,
email ([email protected]) or call (1-866-429-6742) with the:

  • Course(s) of your choice,
  • Preferred date for scheduling the training, and
  • Number of employees expected to be trained.

We will get you a quote within 24 Hours!

In-Person Client-Site Instructor-Led Group Training

To get a quote for in-person client-site ILT group safety training, email ([email protected]) or call (1-866-429-6742) with the following details:

  • Course(s) of your choice,
  • Preferred date(s) for the training,
  • Location for the training, and
  • Number of expected participants.

We will get you a quote within 24 Hours!

For more information about in-person client-site and virtual group instructor-led training, click here.

‘Large corporations often operate and manage in-house learning management systems (LMS).’

We understand this statement and are ready to support employers in fulfilling their safety training goals by providing you with SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004 compatible safety training course files.

If you are in search of SCORM-compliant safety training courses developed in compliance with OSHA, HAZWOPER, NFPA 70E, DOT Hazmat, and RCRA safety regulations, then you are at the right place!

As experts in the field of safety training, we at HAZWOPER OSHA Training are aware of the various methods employers use to train their employees. Therefore, we are prepared to develop customized SCORM packages to suit your organization’s safety training needs. As such, we can convert this online OSHA Forklift Safety Training course into a SCORM package to enable you to train your employees using your company’s LMS, making training accessible and hassle-free.

For information on rates, email ([email protected]) or call (1-866-429-6742), and we will get you a quote within 24 Hours!

To learn more about SCORM Packages, click here.

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Answer: All our courses are designed to take a specific amount of time. However, some students may get through this online training course much faster than others. This training course will take around 4 hours to complete.

Forklift Safety Training enhances workplace safety by providing operators with comprehensive knowledge and skills to safely operate forklifts, reducing the risk of accidents, injuries, and property damage. The safety training course also ensures compliance with regulatory standards, as OSHA mandates formal training for forklift operators. Meeting these standards not only avoids legal penalties but also fosters a culture of safety within the workplace.

Additionally, the course covers essential topics such as equipment operation, hazard awareness, and emergency procedures, equipping operators with the tools to handle a range of scenarios.

Answer: The course meets and exceeds the compliance requirements of OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks Standard for the General Industry (29 CFR 1910.178), and OSHA’s Material Handling Equipment Standard for the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926.602(d)).

Yes, according to OSHA regulations, refresher training is required for forklift operators. OSHA's standard 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(4)(i) states that employers must ensure that each forklift operator is re-evaluated at least every three years. If an operator has been observed operating the forklift in an unsafe manner, has been involved in an accident or a near-miss incident, or if there are changes in the workplace that could affect safe operation, then refresher training is necessary even sooner.

In addition to the regular three-year evaluations, OSHA recommends providing refresher training whenever there is a reason to believe that an operator lacks the necessary skills or is operating the forklift unsafely. This ongoing training helps to ensure that forklift operators remain knowledgeable about safe operating practices and are up-to-date with any changes in equipment or workplace conditions. Regular refresher training contributes to a safer work environment and helps prevent accidents and injuries associated with forklift operations.

Answer: The certification remains valid for a period of three years and can be renewed by re-taking this same course.
Answer: Enrollment in the OSHA Forklift Safety Training course would be beneficial for a diverse range of individuals within the workforce. This includes forklift operators seeking to enhance their operational skills and safety awareness. Warehouse workers, construction personnel, and anyone involved in material handling tasks will find value in understanding potential hazards and safe practices. Safety managers and officers responsible for overall workplace safety should consider enrollment. Employers and supervisors overseeing forklift operations can also benefit by gaining comprehensive knowledge to enforce safety protocols effectively in the workplace. Additionally, compliance with OSHA regulations makes this training essential, making it valuable for anyone operating forklifts or involved in maintaining a safe working environment.
Answer: Upon completing the final examination of this Forklift Safety Training course, you can immediately download, save, or print your Course Completion Certificate in PDF format.
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