Operator Training on Forklift

How We Document Your Employees’ Operator Safety Training


Understanding the proper documentation your employees should receive after their completed forklift or aerial lift operator training class can be tricky. As an employer, you have a shared responsibility for ensuring that your operators complete both classroom and practical training prior to your employees using any industrial equipment.

According to OSHA, an outside consultant can provide operator safety training, but to further complicate things, they don’t specify what the “proper documentation” should look like after class completion. It really is anybody’s guess as to what separates the good documentation from the bad, but if our years of experience have taught us one thing – it is the type and quality of documentation your employees receive that can make all the difference during an audit. We like to provide two types of proof that state your employee’s did indeed satisfy both their classroom and practical training requirements. Here is what your employees will receive from Conger.

Operator Safety Training Certificate

First, your operators receive a certificate of achievement because it is an achievement! The certificate includes:

  • their name
  • type of training completed
  • company of employment
  • completion date
  • signature of their trainer

Laminated Wallet-Sized Card

Additionally, your operators receive a laminated, wallet-sized card which we advise they keep with them on the job. This card includes all the pertinent information of their training including: their name, the completion date, the expiration date, their training instructor’s name, and the name of a Conger safety department representative. We also include the type of training completed as specifically as possible – down to each class of forklift they’ve completed training on. If they completed aerial lift training, we note that as well!

We’re happy to provide you with proof that your operators have successfully completed work-site specific operator safety training since these items may help you if OSHA pays a visit!

Don’t forget, after training you as the employer still have that shared responsibility to certify your operators are both competent and safe. For more information on what OSHA requires of your safety training program, take a look at these resources.

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