Forklift Operation

Program Description

The Forklift and Industrial Lift Truck Safety Program for the University of California, Merced, guides all aspects regarding the safe use of forklifts and industrial lift trucks at UC Merced. As mandated by Cal/OSHA and other regulatory compliance codes, this program guides compliance with, and application of, all legal requirements for UC Merced departments, field stations and work/research operations that use these types of equipment.

General Guidelines

Departments that own, lease, rent and/or otherwise operate forklifts and other types of industrial lift trucks must:

  1. Select and then purchase, lease or rent appropriate equipment for job tasks based upon a work-environment and job-task hazard analysis;

  2. Train and license personnel who operate the specific type(s) of owned/rented equipment;

  3. Conduct documented safety inspections and preventive maintenance of the equipment;

  4. Assure operators adhere to specific safe-work practices whenever using these types of powered industrial equipment; and

  5. Approve contractors/vendors to use forklifts and industrial lift equipment on their premises, and only allow properly licensed contractor/vendor personnel to use university-owned or leased equipment.