Volume 34, Number 7, July 1999


OSHA Sets New Regulations Mandatory 
Training for Glass Shops Required by December 1

by William (Bill) Carson

Professionals in the glass industry must ready themselves for the new standards issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which are aimed at reducing the number of accidents and deaths caused by lift trucks in the workplace. In a move that has considerable implications for the glass industry, OSHA issued regulations requiring formal training for operators of powered industrial trucks.

While the rules went into effect May 1, 1999, employers have until December 1, 1999, to implement the program and train current employees who operate powered industrial trucks. After December 1, new employees must successfully complete the training before operating this equipment.

Training Requirements

The rules require a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on instruction conducted by a qualified instructor. The employer may designate someone in-house to conduct the training or use an outside source. The in-house instruction must be conducted by someone who has the requisite knowledge, training and expertise to train others. The employer is required to maintain records verifying the training of employees, which includes the name of the employee, date of the training and signature of the person conducting the training. The rules also require re-evaluation of the operator every three years, as well as remedial training if the operator is observed operating the equipment in an unsafe manner. Equipment covered by these new rules include any "mobile" power-driven vehicle used to carry, push, lift, stack or tier materials, such as forklifts, electric pallet jacks, cherry pickers, etc. All businesses using powered industrial trucks are covered by the new rules, including glass shops.

Training Content

The training program shall consist of formal instruction in operating procedures and manufacturers’ instructions (such as lecture/discussion, interactive computer training, video tape and other written materials as needed) and practical hands-on training. The practical (driving of the vehicle) training shall utilize specific exercises to evaluate the specific performance of the operator. It shall include review of controls, areas of operation and the actual operations of the types of equipment the operator is expected to handle. The operator must receive practical training about each piece of equipment he or she will be operating.

The formal training program content should include:

To gain assistance with developing and implementing a truck training program, contact your nearest OSHA office, manufacturers of your materials handling equipment or outside training sources such as ManCon LLC. OSHA has also established a site for information concerning the new standards which is located on the world wide web at www.osha-slc.gov/Preamble/TT_html/TRUCK_TRAINING3.html

William (Bill) Carson is manager of Mancon LLC of Brevard, NC. He has spent the past 15 years developing, managing and supervising training programs for the glass industry. He is approved by OSHA to teach safety for the glass industry.


 USGlass Magazine to Offer Free ForkLift Training

In the attempt to train forklift operators in time for the impending December deadline, USGlass will conduct training in conjunction with its Glass Expos USA™ program. Forklift training will be offered in conjunction with Glass TEXpo ’99 to be held September 17-18 in Fort Worth, TX, and Glass Expo Midwest™ to be held October 22-23 in Cleveland, OH. The first day of each show (Friday) will include training for managers and the second day of each show (Saturday) will include training for forklift drivers. The training will be conducted by Bill Carson and is free to all attendees of Glass TEXpo and Glass Expo Midwest (attending this training elsewhere would typically cost $300-$350). Upon completion of the training, attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

 Improving your Bottom Line

Reduced Costs: Eliminating unnecessary or repetitive handling and integrating handling steps with material flow lowers expenses.

Reduced Labor: Proper material handling avoids strenuous manual effort and should decrease labor overhead.

Increased Safety: Decreasing strenuous labor and unsafe manual tasks improves safety.

Increased Capacity: Material handling increases a facility’s capacity by more efficiently using available space for work, storage and promoting inventory control.

Reduced Waste: Better handling improves product quality, reduces scrap and minimizes damage.


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