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OSHA Proposes New Rule to Update Forklift Standards

Feb. 15, 2022
OSHA's new rule aims to improve worker safety while upgrading technological capabilities.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at improving worker safety and health by ensuring that its general industry and construction industry rules reflect current industry practice and the latest technology.

The proposed rule will update the design and construction requirements for OSHA’s powered industrial trucks standards for general industry and construction, which includes fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electric motor or an internal combustion engine.

OSHA plans to add references to the latest design and construction requirements published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in conjunction with the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation. The proposed rule will also address equipment manufactured before the effective date of the final rule.

Submit comments online, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2020-0008 at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Read the Federal Register notice for submission instructions. Deadline for submitting comments is May 17, 2022.

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