Both OSHA and best practices mandate what a forklift operator must know. And effective training techniques mandate the best way to teach it … in action.
Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion about forklift safety and operator training. We noted that while OSHA has a comprehensive standard on forklift training, the regulation includes no provision for certifying that the trainer knows the least bit about what he or she is doing. As DC Velocity, the logistics industry magazine that broke the story noted, “anyone can hang out a sign, print up business cards, and call himself (or herself) a forklift driver trainer.”
It follows, then, that if you’re not sure of your trainers’ expertise in forklifts or their ability to teach, you need to be sure about the training materials they use. They may very well have to supplement what a trainer lacks.
Don’t just tell forklift operators what to do. Show them with action footage on DVD in BLR’s Training Solutions Toolkit: Forklift Safety. Read more.
The business publishing industry does have standards for training material. “Such materials need to be both comprehensive in information and organized in presentation,” said one BLR editor, experienced in training program design. “They’ve also got to motivate so trainees are open to the learning.”
Here’s some of what forklift operators need to learn:
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Show Them with Action Video
BLR’s keystone program for forklift training is the Training Solutions Toolkit: Forklift Safety on DVD. Its major advantage is that unlike the many slide programs available, the DVD format allows presentation of the material as a professionally acted, minimotion picture.
Your trainees see, in action, safe forklift operation. They see how improperly balanced loads, poorly executed driving maneuvers, and uneven floor surfaces affect the truck’s handling, braking, and overall operation. These affects cannot be shown in the still photos many CD programs use.
Also, to reinforce the learning, the program DVD is supplemented with a leader’s guide, takeaway employee booklet with a quiz (more are available at a discount), employee workbooks, 3 reminder posters, a trainer’s log to document to OSHA who you trained and when, and even a customizable completion certificate. There’s also a bonus 30-slide PowerPoint® program as an extra training tool. As with all BLR products, your satisfaction is fully assured or you may return it for a full refund.
If forklift safety is a concern for you, we highly recommend this program. It may be conveniently ordered by clicking any of the ordering links above on this page.