1) Do we have to inspect forklifts and other industrial powered trucks each day?
“Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service, and shall not be placed in service if the examination shows any condition adversely affecting the safety of the vehicle. Such examination shall be made at least daily.
Where industrial trucks are used on a round-the-clock basis, they shall be examined after each shift. Defects when found shall be immediately reported and corrected.”
Thats what OSHA says in 1910.178(q)(7)
2) So what does OSHA say to inspect? That is not so clear.
“Industrial trucks shall be kept in a clean condition, free of lint, excess oil, and grease. Noncombustible agents should be used for cleaning trucks.Low flash point (below 100°F.) solvents shall not be used. High flash point (at or above 100°F.) solvents may be used. Precautions regarding toxicity, ventilation, and fire hazard shall be consonant with the agent or solvent used.” 1910.178(q)(10)
“[i]f at any time a powered industrial truck is found to be in need of repair, defective, or in any way unsafe,” it needs to be removed from service per 29 CFR 1910.178(p)(1)” Link to Overby interpetation letter.”
I would look for seat belt and condition per the compliance directive CPL 02-01-028 IX. C.
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3) Do you need to have a written record?
“Although the standard requires that the examination be conducted, there is no OSHA requirement that the examination be recorded in writing on a checklist such as the one you provided. However, as an employer it is well within your rights to implement additional safety practices that go beyond OSHA’s requirements such as the completion of your written checklist.” Freed letter of interpretation
4) Where can I find the best information on this complicated topic?
5) Where can I get some training materials to use in my program?
Here is a free downloadable powerpoint program .
Stan’s Safety Posters: http://tinyurl.com/ya4pxzp
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