License to Forklift

June 29, 2010 by  Filed under: Management 

When you are using a warehouse for your business, to be able to move your merchandise around, you will need a forklift truck. But not just any of your employees can be qualified to drive it; he would have to need a forklift license. A forklift truck can be dangerous if an unskilled or inexperienced person will manipulate it. And worse, when an accident happens, the employee and the owner himself will have to face the consequences of not complying with the occupational safety. Something you do not want your business to be caught up in.

Getting forklift licenses for your employees is not as easy as you may think. Your employees must first learn how to operate the truck, how to move things with the truck and know how to operate both a gas and electric forklift. There are classes to learn how to operate this and it would be a good idea to train or enroll your employees for this if they are not yet licensed to operate a forklift.

Upon obtaining the forklift license, your employees will have to pass a written exam that requires knowledge about what they should do when faced with different situations when driving or operating a forklift. Then they will be observed as they manually inspect the forklift and each of its vital parts such as the gas canister, the horn and the fork; to ensure that they are all in good condition. The next part is to actually operate and drive the forklift. This includes driving it forward, in reverse, stopping at intersections and using the horn.

The next challenge is to move the loads on the forklift and to remove loads from it, more specific ways to maneuver the load using the forklift will be required of them and they would have to be able to complete the tasks accordingly. Once and if they have passed the physical test, they will be certified and licensed to operate a forklift truck. Then they can finally operate your forklifts in your warehouse.

It is a good investment to sponsor a particular group of your employees to obtain forklift licenses, or it is also good to hire people who are already licensed. Whichever the case, just be sure that the people you will get to operate your forklift trucks are certified and licensed to ensure the safety of your staff and merchandise, as well as to prevent issues with compliance.

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