News Release USDL: 96-21
Tuesday, January 30, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane (202) 219-8151
OSHA Proposes Industrial Truck Training Include
Construction Operators; Schedules Public Hearing
The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), after consulting with
its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and
Health (ACCSH), today proposed including
construction industry operators in improved
training being developed for powered industrial
The original proposal announced March 14, 1995,
had covered only operators in the general and maritime
industries. OSHA also is reopening the record to receive
additional information from those sectors.
OSHA is scheduling a public hearing for all
sectors April 30 and May 1, 1996.
The proposed improvements to training
requirements include covering topics necessary
for safe operation and practical experience.
Operators are to be evaluated to determine if
they can safely drive the trucks on the job and
then must be evaluated periodically or after an
accident. Operators do not need to repeat training
they have already received and successfully completed.
ACCSH also made recommendations that OSHA
believes may have merit for all sectors covered
by the proposal.
The issues raised by ACCSH are:
Should an employer be allowed to accept
the certification of training by a third party
such as a union, manufacturer, consultant, or
other public or private organization? Because
OSHA does not accredit certifiers, what criteria
should be used to establish their credibility?
What type of testing should be conducted
during initial training to judge the competency
of the trainee (performance testing and oral and/
or written tests)?
If tests are administered, what subjects
should be tested, and what methods, if any,
should be used to judge that the tests are
reliable and address the subject matter
What, if any, should be the acceptable
pass/fail requirement for the tests?
Are some of the training areas listed not needed?
Should an employee receive refresher or
remedial training only if operating a vehicle
unsafely or if involved in an accident? Is a one-year
interval too frequent for retraining or
Written comments for construction,
general industry and maritime must be postmarked
by April 1 and submitted in quadruplicate to the
Docket Office, Docket No. S-008, Room N-2624, U.S.
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, 200 Constitution Ave., NW,
Washington, D.C., 20210. They will be made a
part of the record and will be available for public
inspection and copying at the Docket Office.
The public hearing will be held April 30
and May 1, 1996, starting at 9:30 a.m., in
the auditorium, Frances Perkins Building,
U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution
Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20210. The dates
for the hearing may be extended or shortened,
depending on the number of requests for participation.
Persons desiring to participate in the hearing
must file in quadruplicate a notice of intention
to appear, postmarked on or before April 1, 1996,
and mailed to Thomas Hall, OSHA Division of Consumer
Affairs, Docket S-008, Room N-3647, U.S. Department
of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.,
20210; telephone (202) 219-8615. The notice also
may be transmitted by facsimile to (202) 219-5986
(Attention: Thomas Hall), provided the original
and three copies are sent to the same address
and postmarked no more than three days later.
The notice of intention to appear must contain
the following information: 1) the name, address,
and telephone number of each person to appear; 2)
the capacity in which the person will appear; 3)
the approximate amount of time required for the
presentation; 4) the issues that will be addressed; (
5) a brief statement of the position that will be
taken with respect to each issue; and (6) whether
the party intends to submit documentary evidence and,
if so, a brief summary of it.
Any person requesting more than 10 minutes
for a presentation, or who will submit documentary
evidence, must provide it in quadruplicate to Thomas
Hall, OSHA Division of Consumer Affairs, at the
address above. It must be postmarked no later
than April 15, 1996.
Any person who has not filed a notice of
intention to appear may be allowed to testify
for no more than 10 minutes as time permits, at
the discretion of the administrative law judge
conducting the hearing.
Notices of intention to appear, testimony
and evidence will be available for copying
at the Docket Office.
Notices about extending the proposal to
the construction industry, the issues raised by
ACCSH, and the public hearing are published in the
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996, Federal Register.