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WAC 296-863-60005

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Make sure PIT operators are trained.

You must:
• Make sure employees successfully complete an operator training program before operating PITs. The only time a trainee can operate a PIT is:
– Under the direct supervision of a person who has the knowledge, training, and experience to train and evaluate operators;
AND
– When operating the PIT does not endanger the trainee or other employees.
• Make sure training is done by you or someone you designate that has the knowledge, training, and experience to:
– Conduct the training;
AND
– Evaluate trainee competence.
• Make sure your operator training program consists of:
– Formal instruction.
■ Such as lecture and discussion, interactive computer learning, video tapes, and written material.
– Practical training.
■ Such as demonstrations done by the trainer and practical exercises performed by trainees.
– Evaluation of trainee performance.
• Make sure the initial operator training program covers the subjects in Table 4, Required Training Topics.
Note:
If an operator has previously received training specified in Table 4, Required Training Topics, additional training in that topic is not required if:
 
• The training was appropriate to the PIT and working conditions in your workplace;
 
AND
 
• The employee has passed a PIT performance evaluation within the last three years.
Table 4
Required Training Topics
Topics related to powered industrial truck
Topics related to your workplace
• Operating instructions,
• Surface conditions where the PIT will be operated
• Warnings and precautions for the types of PIT the operator will be authorized to operate
• Composition of loads to be carried and load stability
• Differences between the PIT and the automobile
• Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking
• PIT controls and instrumentation: Where they are located, what they do, and how they work
• Pedestrian traffic in areas where the PIT will be operated
• Engine or motor operation
• Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the PIT will be operated
• Steering and maneuvering
• Use of door opening and closing devices
• Visibility (including restrictions due to loading)
• Hazardous (classified) locations where the PIT will be operated
• Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations
• Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the PITs stability
• PIT capacity
• Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor PIT maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust
• PIT stability
• Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation
• Any PIT inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform
 
• Refueling
 
• Charging and recharging of batteries
 
• Operating limitations
 
• Any other operating instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator's manual for the types of PIT that the employee is being trained to operate
 
You must:
• Keep written records of operator training and evaluations that include the following information:
– Name of the operator.
– Date of the training.
– Date of the evaluation.
– Name of the person giving the training or evaluation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 04-19-051, § 296-863-60005, filed 9/14/04, effective 2/1/05.]