It takes experience and proper training to safely operate a forklift. In order to get certified for operation, you need a license. And as with most licenses, these will expire in time. So how and where do you renew your forklift license? Today, we’ll take a look at what steps you need to take to renew your license.

Why Renew Your Forklift License?

Unfortunately, operating a forklift can be dangerous. Forklift accidents cause about 85 workplace fatalities each year. Additionally, there are almost 35,000 Forklift statisticsserious injuries caused by forklift-related accidents. These injuries can cost employers up to $43,000 per affected employee.

Forklift accidents are most often a result of driver error. As you can see, receiving proper training and retraining is essential for an operator’s health and safety.

Recertify for Forklift Operation

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA), a forklift license expires 36 months after the date it was issued. Operators are required to renew their licenses every three years by completing OSHA-compliant refresher trainings.

However, under certain circumstances, this retraining may be required sooner.  These could include the following:

  • Before an operator uses a new type of forklift
  • A forklift accident has occurred in the workplace
  • If unsafe or incorrect forklift operation has been observed in the workplace

What OSHA Says:

The OSHA standard for powered industrial trucks states:

“The employer shall ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation specified in this paragraph (l).” (OSHA 1910.178)

Also, your forklift certification and recertification need to be provided by an accredited training program.

In Conclusion

If you need to recertify or renew your forklift license, don’t put it off! Our OSHA-compliant forklift training can help you stay certified and licensed. For additional information and trainings, visit our homepage.

Good luck and stay safe!

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