As noted earlier, in addition to the formal classroom instruction, OSHA calls for a practical component to the training. OSHA defines practical training as “demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee.” 1910.178(l)(2)(ii). This requirement is to help trainees acquire the skills to safely operate a forklift. The amount of previous experience of your operators will determine the amount of training and practice on the forklift that will be required for each operator to prove his or her competency. Trainees with little or no experience will need more direct supervision and practice time on the forklift.
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