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Become a Certified Forklift Operator

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Forklift operators, like many industry professionals, have specific training and certification to operate the forklift. This certification helps employers know that you are well trained and understand safety requirements that will protect you, other employees, the employer, and the business.

At Northwest Safety and Risk Services, the certification is called a Powered Industrial Truck (Forklift) Operator, and it takes eight hours to complete. This is a worthwhile investment for anyone working in an industry that wants to move ahead in their career and build a solid reputation as a skilled employee.

What is Forklift Certification?

Forklift certification includes testing on basic forklift tasks in addition to practicing tasks like unloading, starting and stopping the machine, working in complex spaces, and lifting off-balance items.

Training also covers:

Prioritizing Industrial Hygiene

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Let's start with the basics: what is industrial hygiene? Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions and illnesses. This means explicitly working with health hazards and understanding, evaluating, and managing things like pesticides, infectious diseases, noise, and substances like lead and asbestos.

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