OSHA Requests Input on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

We are excited to announce that you have an opportunity to give OSHA your feedback and possibly change a standard. OSHA is seeking information on Powered Industrial Trucks for the purpose of revising the general, maritime, and construction industry standards. The time to submit your input is limited and the window for comments closes on June 10, 2019. For more information please see their press release below or visit OSHA's site for more details. 

Press Release: OSHA Requests Information on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information as the Agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971, and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards have been updated several times.

OSHA is requesting information on: the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program.  OSHA will use the information received in response to this request to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety.

Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. 

Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or an internal combustion engine. 

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

# # #

The Safety Consultation and Training Section of the State of Nevada is available Monday through Friday to answer your question about the OSHA safety and health standards. We also provide consultation and training services at no cost. Contact us at 877-472-3368 or visit our Consultation page  and Training page to learn more.