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OSHA proposes PIT design standard update

Proposal only affects design requirements, not instruction or training

Posted February 17, 2022

On February 16, OSHA published a proposed rule to update the design and construction requirements for its powered industrial trucks (PIT) standards for general industry and construction, including 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 proposes to update its general industry and construction standards for PITs by adding 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.

In addition to updating the design and construction requirements for future manufactured PITs, the proposed rule also will address equipment manufactured before the effective date of the final rule.

The proposal is part of a series of regulatory projects by OSHA to update nearly 200 consensus and industry standards to reflect the current versions of consensus and national industry standards.

Comments can be submitted online, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2020-0008 at The deadline for submitting comments is May 17, 2022.

This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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