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| Standard Number:||1926.602(d); 1910.178(l)|
August 23, 1999
Mr. George A. Miller
Mason Contractors Association of America
1910 South Highland Avenue Suite 101
Lombard, IL 60148
Dear Mr. Miller:
Thank you for the invitation to review the complete set of materials for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), Rough Terrain Forklift Training Course. Although OSHA cannot endorse or approve any product or services, we are pleased to evaluate the training materials you provided and to advise you if they meet the intent of the standards.
The five sections of this Rough Terrain Forklift Training Course address each section of OSHA's, "Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training" standard as published in the December 1, 1998 Federal Register. The sections cover, in a way that is easily understood, the skills and knowledge necessary for an operator to safely operate a "rough terrain" or "heavy" powered industrial truck.
The training package you submitted combines text book training with "hands on" skills. All of the topics contained in OSHA's current "Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training" standard are addressed by this program.
You enclosed with your letter an article from SMAC, the magazine of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA), reporting that OSHA has endorsed a pilot training program they are developing. The article is misleading. The OSHA Training Institute currently trains and certifies public and private instructors to present the OSHA 10-hour Construction course and to issue cards to the students certifying that they have completed the course. OSHA has simply agreed to evaluate the program SMACNA is developing to deliver this training to their members through the use of multi-media technology and remote access. Our purpose is to assure that the material is consistent with that delivered in the courses presented on site by certified instructors. We will also evaluate the effectiveness of this method of delivering the training to students. I hope this clarifies our policy for you.
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Thomas Marple at 202-693-2020.
Russell B. Swanson
Directorate of Construction
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