Comply with Government Rules

One of the primary reasons companies seek help with equipment operator training is that they want to ensure that their operation is in compliance, one examples of a regulation often overlooked or misinterpreted is OSHA 1910.178 which states,

1910.178(l) (1) (ii)

Prior to permitting an employee to operate a powered industrial truck (except for training purposes), the employer shall ensure that each operator has successfully completed the training required by this paragraph (l), except as permitted by paragraph (l) (5). 

1910.178 (l ) (3)

Training program content. Powered industrial truck operators shall receive initial training in the following topics, except in topics which the employer can demonstrate are not applicable to safe operation of the truck in the employer's workplace.

Comment: In most of the cases the question arises. Did the employer train and evaluate operators on the list of topics listed under 1910.178 (l) (3)? Or did they rely on a canned program that did not incorporate topics discovered in a comprehensive hazard assessment needed for a particular location?  


Under the direct supervision of persons who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train operators and evaluate their competence;

Many companies assume that all training programs will allow them to comply with these rules, but it is our experience that it is not possible to effectively train operators and evaluate their competence using canned training programs.  These generic options address none of the hazards in the particular facility, the specific equipment being used or how the equipment is being used.

In fact, in the final 1910.178 rule that OSHA published in the Federal Register on December 1st 1998 (#63:66237-66274) it states,

“As the above discussion indicates, it is not possible to identify all the hazards that are encountered in all industrial truck operations. Accordingly one cannot develop a single "generic" training program that covers in detail all hazards for all powered industrial trucks and all workplaces.”

In addition, there are several required topics under 1910.178(l), 1910.176, 1926.600 that a canned equipment orientation/safety program simply cannot address, due to the wide variety of lifts and environments.

When you work with MHS Safety Training, you can rest assured that we will train your operators and trainers in a manner that will allow your operation to comply with OSHA regulations.

Meet the Trainer

MHS Safety Training's Operator Safety Training program is led and developed by Guy Snowdy whose credentials include over 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the material handling and construction equipment industries, particularly powered industrial trucks, aerial lifts, cranes, and rigging equipment.

"Guy’s willingness to tailor the training to our specific needs and the needs of our operators is what truly sets him apart. He picks up on things, sees them and tweaks them to make sure our team understands and is always learning."

- Steve Hess, VP of Safety
Heico Construction Group