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DHHS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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Section V:

Human Resources

Title:

Safety and Benefits

Chapter:

Powered Industrial Trucks Safety Plan

Current Effective Date:

3/1/16

Revision History:

N/A

Original Effective Date:

N/A

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Purpose

This plan outlines safety procedures for DHHS employees who operate powered industrial trucks (PITs) as part of their job duties.

Policy

It is the policy of DHHS to protect employees, patients, clients, residents, and any other individuals from hazards associated with forklift and powered burden carrier operations, to train and evaluate the performance of operators, and to comply with all regulatory requirements for the safe operation such equipment.

Definitions

Fork Truck - Also called forklift truck, a fork truck is a small vehicle with two power-operated prongs at the front that can be slid under heavy loads and then raised for moving and stacking. Fork trucks can be powered by electricity, compressed natural gas, liquid petroleum gas, diesel fuel, or gasoline.

Powered Industrial Truck - Any mobile power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier materials. Powered industrial trucks can be ridden or controlled by a walking operator. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Safety Programs Manager
The Safety Programs Manager (SPM) ensures that a written plan is in place to establish a policy for the safe operation of powered industrial trucks. The SPM reviews the policy periodically.

Safety Officer
The Safety Officer monitors his/her assigned area to ensure compliance with this policy. The Safety Officer is responsible for coordinating training for applicable staff on PIT safety and ensuring the training documentation is maintained.

Manager/Supervisor
The manager/supervisor ensures that only authorized and trained staff operate PITs, and that operators comply with the procedures in this Plan. The manager/supervisor ensures that designated staff successfully complete the qualification procedures outlined in this Plan prior to operating any equipment.

DHHS Staff
Staff who operate PITs are responsible for complying with this policy. Staff are also responsible for reporting equipment defects and discontinuing PIT operations when unsafe conditions exist.

Implementation

PIT Operator Qualifications
Staff Operators must demonstrate their driving competence by passing a written test and completing a practical driving test for forklifts. Operators must demonstrate acceptable competence and knowledge in performing each task.

General Safety Procedures

Standard Safety Equipment/Precautions

Refueling/Battery Charging

Loading and Unloading

References

This evaluation must be completed for any employee who will be operating a powered industrial truck prior to operation. Evaluation is completed by a designated competent person. This evaluation is maintained by the Safety Officer and the Plant Operations Supervisor.

 


This checklist must be completed prior to each shift during which a CNG/gas/diesel fork truck will be operated. This checklist is maintained on file by the Safety Officer and the Plant Operations Supervisor.

 

 

This checklist must be completed prior to each shift during which an electric fork truck will be operated. This checklist is maintained on file by the Safety Officer and the Plant Operations Supervisor.

 


This checklist must be completed prior to each shift during which an electric cargo/burden carrier truck will be operated. This checklist is maintained on file by the Safety Officer and the Plant Operations Supervisor.

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