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    Title:

    Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks

    Publication date:

    1/16/2018

    Effective date:

    9/10/2010

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    The Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) Program at Berkeley Lab ensures that forklifts and other PITs are operated safely and in conformance with all applicable standards for:

    • Forklifts
    • Tow motors
    • Pushers
    • Electric pallet movers
    • Electric stackers

    Who Should Read This Policy

    Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors who operate forklifts and other PITs at the Laboratory.

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page.

    To Read the ES&H Program Details, Go To:

    http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/CH28.html

    Contact Information

    Forklifts/Trucks
    Occupational Safety Group
    EHS Division

    Title:

    Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks

    Publication date:

    1/16/2018

    Effective date:

    9/10/2010

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) Program at Berkeley Lab ensures that forklifts and other PITs are operated safely and in conformance with all applicable standards for:

    • Forklifts
    • Tow motors
    • Pushers
    • Electric pallet movers
    • Electric stackers

    B. Persons Affected

    Employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors who operate forklifts and other PITs at Berkeley Lab.

    C. Exceptions

    PIT maintenance and repair vendors, subcontractors and vendors operating their own PITs, and outsourced PIT trainers are not required to have Berkeley Lab PIT training or medical examinations. However, they must have training, provided by their employer, to meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.178.

    D. Policy Statement

    1. Drivers of PITs must meet authorization and training requirements and operate their trucks in a manner that minimizes the risk of injury or a dropped load (Work Process A).
    2. Contact the Facilities Division Transportation Group to coordinate all procurement, service, repair, and modification of forklifts and other PIT equipment (Work Process B).
    3. Operation of forklifts and other PITs is restricted to trained personnel who have completed Berkeley Lab required training (note exceptions above) and who have been certified for specific types of equipment in accordance with the requirements of PUB-3000, Chapter 28, Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks. In addition, all PIT use must be approved by the PIT manager for that particular truck (Work Process C).
    4. High-consequence/high-value lifts and moves often involve the use of forklifts. The requirements for high-consequence/high-value lifts and moves are addressed in Chapter 27, Work Process D, Restricted Operations, and also apply to such moves involving the use of forklifts (Work Process D).
    5. All PITs must be inspected daily before they are used. The inspection must be documented on the daily inspection checklists shown in PUB-3000, Chapter 28, Appendix A and Appendix B, and the checklists must be kept on file by the PIT manager (Work Process E).

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Managers, supervisors, and employees have the responsibility to adhere to the provisions of this policy.

    Role

    Responsibilities

    PIT operator

    • Operates only those forklifts and PITs for which they have been qualified and authorized to operate.
    • Adheres to all safety requirements pertaining to the use of PITs, including the requirement for daily inspections of forklifts and other PITs.

    PIT manager

    For each forklift or PIT, a current employee must be identified as PIT manager to the Facilities Transportation Group.

    Supervisor/activity lead

    • Ensures that only those employees who are formally qualified and authorized may operate a forklift or other PIT.
    • Enforces the use of safe lifting practices and the maintenance of lifting equipment in good mechanical and operating condition.
    • Revokes or suspends PIT operator’s authorization to operate after incidents (including near misses) or observing unsafe behavior.

    Facilities Division Transportation Group

    • Maintains an inventory of all forklifts and other PITs.
    • Arranges for routine maintenance and repair of PITs.

    Facilities Division Rigging Supervisor

    • Provides guidance and assistance with lifts.
    • Participates in the development and review of high-consequence/high-value moves/lifts.
    • Participates in pre-lift meetings.
    • Reviews and approves the use of forklift extensions.

    Division practical examiners

    Provide practical examination of PIT operators’ skills.

    Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) Division

    • Develops, maintains, modifies, and provides classroom training.
    • Arranges for training/retraining of PIT instructors.
    • Provides a subject matter expert for program oversight and technical assurance.
    • Provides physicals for PIT operators.

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    Forklift

    A high-lift powered industrial truck, equipped with load carriage and forks for transporting and tiering loads.

    Powered industrial truck (PIT)

    Examples of PITs include, but are not limited to, forklifts, pushers, stackers, tow motors, and electric pallet jacks.

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    Documentation of PIT operator training is maintained by the EHS Training Group and tracked through the Berkeley Lab Work Planning and Control system. Medical qualifications to operate PITs are maintained by Health Services. PIT pre-use inspection forms are maintained by the PIT manager.

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    PUB-3000 Reference

    Title

    Type

    07.07.025.001

    Ch. 28

    Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks

    Program

    07.07.008.001

    Ch. 27

    Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging Safety

    Program

    I. Contact Information

    Forklifts/Trucks
    Occupational Safety Group
    EHS Division

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By Whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) Affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    0

    M. Rice

    Rewrite for wiki (brief)

    All

    Minor

    9/26/2012

    1

    M. Rice

    Rewrite for wiki (policy)

    All

    Minor

    9/10/2013

    1.1

    M. Rice

    Reviewed 8/28/13 for periodic review

    SRD, Next Review date

    Minor

    1/16/2018

    1.2

    M. Kincaid

    Reviewed and revised 10/17/17 for periodic review

    All

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks

    Document number

    07.07.025.000

    Revision number

    1.2

    Publication date:

    1/16/2018

    Effective date:

    9/10/2010

    Next review date:

    1/16/2022

    Policy Area:

    Industrial Hygiene and Safety

    RPM Section (home)

    EHS

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    EHS

    Prior reference information (optional)


    Source Requirements Documents

    • 29 CFR 1910. 178, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry, Powered Industrial Trucks
    • 10 CFR 851.23, Safety and Health Standards

    Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    PUB-3000 Reference

    Title

    Type

    07.07.025.001

    Ch. 28

    Forklifts and Other Powered Industrial Trucks

    Program

    07.07.008.001

    Ch. 27

    Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging Safety

    Program



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