The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently requesting information while it considers an update to its powered industrial trucks standard. The standard governs vehicles prevalent in NPCA member companies such as 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. The standard has been in effect since 1971 and has been updated several times.
Per its press release, OSHA is seeking 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. Specific information can be found on the Federal Register website.
OSHA is seeking to determine what action, if any, to take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety. Comments can be submitted online and must be received on or before June 9, 2019.
The current standard, 1910.178, is currently available online.