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Fork Lift truck

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE                                     FORK LIFT TRUCKS 

1.   Introduction
The purpose of this document is to define the qualifications and training requirements of
individuals that have a need to drive industrial fork lift trucks. No employee, student or
contractor shall operate this equipment without first receiving proper training as 
outlined in this policy.

2.     Scope
This policy shall cover all forklift operations involving college owned lift trucks.  
Vendors and contractors must also meet VOSHA regulations regarding training and 
licenses of their Power Industrial Vehicles.

3.     Policy
All employees must have a valid College Forklift License before they can operate 
Industrial  Forklift Trucks on their own.  Employees in training may operate a forklift if 
under the direct supervision if a licensed operator.   The licensed operator must be
present and observing the employee in training.

4. Responsibilities
Supervisors are responsible to ensure that all their operators are properly trained and 
have a valid license authorizing them to operate a forklift truck; make sure that
regular preventive maintenance is performed on the truck(s).

Operators shall insure that a safety inspection is done at the beginning of each shift prior 
to using the forklift truck.  Each additional operator shall conduct a visual inspection to 
insure the vehicle’s safety (during the same shift).

The EH&S Coordinator, or designee, will provide the training required for each 
operator and will assist the supervisor in implementing this policy.

Operators are required to follow this policy and successfully pass the required training.  
In addition all operators are required to operate their fork lift in a safe manner and 
complete a safety check prior to using the equipment.

5. Policy Requirements

*  A valid state drivers license is required.  If an employee does not have a valid
license, a review of his/her qualifications and need to operate must be done by the 
supervisor and EH&S Coordinator.

*  Successfully complete a classroom safety program.

*  Successfully complete a practical driver’s test.

*  Licensed operators who operate fork lifts <5 times per year should practice 
periodically.  Drivers shall have a refresher (Classroom) course at least every other year.

*  Operator’s licenses will be reviewed annually to determine eligibility.

*  An operators right to drive is conditional on  following this policy and rules 
covered in training.

*  Operators must operate their forklift in a safe manner by being aware of hazards
around them.

*  Seat belts, if provided, must be worn at all times.

6. Recordkeeping

Training records shall be kept by the EH&S Coordinator.
Daily inspection records shall be available at the location the forklift is being stored.  Records shall be kept for a period of one month or until the next scheduled maintenance, whichever is longer.  This will allow the maintenance supervisor to review all previous inspections since his last maintenance on the lift truck.

7. Training

Individuals wanting to drive a forklift truck must first successfully attend and pass a fork lift safety workshop.  A practical exam is also required prior to issuing a license.  All license employees must attend an annual refresher.