Every warehouse wants to improve its safety, efficiency, and productivity. While there are strategies available to improve any one of these categories, one strategy can improve all three: operator training. Whatever part of your business you want to improve, it’s useful to know what to expect during forklift training so you can prepare your business to get the most out of it.
Structure of Training
Our Ohio Forklift certification courses are three hours and consist of two parts—a classroom portion with testing and a hands-on portion where certified trainers walk attendees through operating a forklift. After you complete the course, you will receive a certificate, card, and booklets you can use for personal reference later.
What You’ll Learn in Operator Training
Practical Hands-On Skills
As with any occupational education, the primary thing to expect during forklift training is growing in your skills as an operator. A few things you’ll learn include:
- Operating both a loaded and unloaded forklift
- Operating a forklift in different types of terrain
- Forklift Stability Triangle
- How to read a forklift data plate
- Understanding a forklift’s load capacity
- Refueling or recharging a forklift
- Inspection best practices
- Basic maintenance tasks
Additionally, training will also focus on teaching skills and best practices specific to your site. This makes the training valuable to operators who are experienced in your field but may be new to your facility.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration strongly recommends facilities provide pertinent training to operators, in part because OSHA standards are a large part of the curriculum. OSHA standards provide the backbone of what we know about safe forklift operations. And because standards change periodically, regular refresher training is valuable.
Different Types of Forklift Training
Although these skills are common across most basic operator training courses, there are some related trainings that offer different angles of information as well.
Safe forklift operation is only part of the picture when it comes to overall warehouse safety. Pedestrians working around forklifts pose a safety threat when they are not trained in how to avoid passing forklifts safely. This training helps pedestrians see the warehouse through the forklift operator’s point of view to ensure they operate in the same area of forklifts safely.
It takes more than extensive experience in forklift operations to train others to be good operators. This course offers people the skills necessary to train other operators, including information about the curriculum, up-to-date OSHA information, and basic skills in relaying information to other people.