“OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Standard Needs to be Changed”

Mar 14, 2019

If you have ever had the above thought, the Agency has an offer for you. OSHA is requesting information on potential rulemaking to update the standards for powered industrial trucks used in the general, construction, and maritime industries.  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.

Comments are due by June 10, 2019.  For more information, please see the Federal Register Notice and news release.

It is really important that employers and employees comment on this proposed update to the standard. The current general industry standard, 1910.178, is based on a 1969 consensus standard.

Leslie Ptak

Compliance Assistance Specialist

Madison OSHA Office

608-441-5388 x124