The Basics of Forklift Safety and Certification

forklift driver discussing checklist with foreman in warehouse

Forklifts are essential in many workplaces and can make the site safer and more effective in multiple ways. However, operating a forklift also has its own risks, which is why Northwest Safety and Risk Services offers several forklift safety-specific classes. These classes coincide with OSHA forklift safety guidelines to prevent many accidents by providing your employees with the right training, knowledge, and equipment to increase worksite safety.

What Forklift Safety Entails

There are several baseline factors in forklift safety that can create a safe overall environment for operating a forklift on your job site.

Forklift safety includes the following:

  • Personal PPE - helmet, harness, and seat belt for the operator
  • Forklift equipment - backup alarms, lights, clear caps, caddies, and more, depending on your work environment.
  • External equipment - safety clothing, vests, and cameras for optimal visibility.

Essential Safety for Many Businesses

You'll want to make sure not only that all of the above equipment is on-site, but also that your employees know how to use it and are using it on the job. Getting the right training can integrate safety into your workplace so that everyone is on the same page, with the same information, and understands the OSHA guidelines and safety expectations. It can be a matter of life and death, so it matters to everyone on your job site.

Ensuring your team understands the risks and hazards of worksite forklifts can help prevent forklift accidents, becoming certified with our online classes is the first step to forklift safety in the workplace.

Get in Touch

At Northwest Safety and Risk Services, we offer many types of safety classes online for Forklift operators, you can find them here.