A robust, comprehensive and ongoing safety training program for your forklift operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances your operation. Formalizing your forklift operator training programs offers four major benefits.
1. COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
OSHA and ANSI have a multitude of requirements regarding forklifts. Ultimately it’s up to you - the employer - to train your employees and keep your company in compliance. Failure to comply not only opens your company up for potential fines, but also for fiscal damages. The benefits of a formal training program go far beyond compliance.
2. INCREASED USEFUL LIFE AND LOWER OPERATING COSTS
Training for safe forklift operation and proper pre-shift inspection will result in catching small maintenance issues before they blossom into giant repair headaches. You’re your operators have the knowledge to efficiently and safely operate their forklift you’ll see less wear and tear on your equipment. All of this boils down to assets that stay in better condition for a longer period of time, have an increased useful life, and lower operating costs.
Proper training will also lower your costs in terms of damage to your products and facility. The bottom line is that thorough, documented and formalized training leads to better care for your equipment, your products, your facility and your bottom line.
3. IMPROVED MORALE
When employees are professionally trained, they truly feel cared for, and they should! Each of your forklift operators is in control of a very dangerous piece of equipment. One wrong move could permanently change their lives or the lives of people working around them. When they know that you have their back and are not simply going through the motions to appease government, they respond positively by projecting that spirit of safety into other facets of your operation.
4. GREATER PRODUCTIVITY
Operators that receive ongoing training are more efficient which translates into more productive employees.
THE END RESULTS
A formal forklift operator training program has benefits that reach much farther than simply OSHA and ANSI compliance. Training in all areas of your operation will improve your operators’ comfort, morale and efficiency which can only have a positive impact your business and profits.
Find out more on training components, evaluations and much more in our Complete Guide to Forklift Operator & Pedestrian Safety Training.