OSHA Requests Information on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

June 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requesting information as the agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971 and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards have been updated several times.

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. OSHA will use the information received in response to this request to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety.

Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted at www.regulations.gov. Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or an internal combustion engine.