Refresher training and re-evaluation
Refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.
Refresher training is required by OSHA when:
* The operator has been observed operating a forklift in an unsafe manner.
* The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident.
* The operator has received an evaluation that reveals that the operator is not operating the forklift safely.
* The operator is assigned to drive a different type of powered industrial truck.
* A condition in the workplace changes in a way that could affect safe operation of the forklift.
Once operators has been trained and evaluated, they must be re-evaluated at least once every three years according to OSHA standard 1910.178. Although the standard allows this time period without re-evaluation, prudent employers will choose to conduct a re-evaluation and refresher training annually.