Forklift and Industrial Work Truck Safety Program

Abstract: 

Forklift Safety Program

This program guides all aspects of the Forklift and Industrial Lift Truck Safety Program for the University of California at Berkeley. As mandated by Cal/OSHA and other regulatory compliance codes, this program guides compliance with, and application of, all legal requirements for UC Berkeley departments, field stations, and work/research operations that use these types of equipment.

Departments that own, lease, rent, and/or otherwise operate forklifts and other types of industrial lift trucks must:

  1. Select and then purchase, lease or rent appropriate equipment for job tasks based upon a work-environment and job-task hazard analysis,
  2. Train and license personnel who operate the specific type(s) of owned/rented equipment,
  3. Conduct documented safety inspections and preventive maintenance of the equipment,
  4. Assure operators adhere to specific safe-work practices whenever using these types of powered industrial equipment, and
  5. Approve contractors/vendors to use forklifts and industrial lift equipment on their premises, and only allow properly licensed contractor/vendor personnel to use Department-owned equipment.
Author: 
Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Publication date: 
May 15, 2011
Publication type: 
Program Document