FAQs answered by Travis Rhoden Does OSHA set an age limit to operate a forklift?
OSHA doesn’t, but the Fair Labor Standards act (and similar state child labor laws) set the minimum age at 18 years to operate such hazardous machinery. Do we have to fit test workers who wear dust masks?
If workers are required to wear this equipment, then the full respiratory protection program (including fit testing) must be implemented.
In 1910.134(b), OSHA’s respiratory protection standard defines “filtering facepiece (dust mask)” as: “a negative pressure particulate respirator with a filter as an integral part of the facepiece or with the entire facepiece composed of the filtering medium.” OSHA considers N95 respirators to be a dust mask (i.e., filtering facepiece respirator).
There is an exception for voluntary use of filtering facepiece respirators, but if the use is required, then employers must meet all of the rule’s requirements for using a NIOSH-approved respirator, medical evaluations, fit tests, training, and the written program. How long do we have to keep forklift pre-shift inspection forms?
OSHA doesn’t set any specific retention times. In fact, OSHA doesn’t actually require documentation of the inspections, though most companies find it to be a best practice to ensure the items are inspected as planned. So, it is a matter of company policy as to how long to keep the records. It’s a good idea to document in your procedure that “We keep inspection sheets for [time period].”
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