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Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Safety Program
The Ohio State University Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Safety Program applies to all OSU staff members who operate and/or are responsible for powered industrial trucks.

Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric or internal combustion engines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) have established rules and guidelines for the protection of workers and facilities relating to powered industrial trucks in 29 CFR 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks; and NFPA 505 Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks including Type, Designation, Areas of Use, Conversions, Maintenance and Operations, which are incorporated into this plan.

OSU Colleges or Administrative Units that own or lease powered industrial trucks; or who have employees who operate powered industrial trucks are responsible to implement the written program.

Supervisors should use the Forklift Supervisor Evaluation Form to assess and certify each employee's ability to safely and properly use a forklift. Copies of these forms should be kept in the appropriate departmental file.