Proposed revisions to forklift regulation expected soon

OSHA seeks to update, expand current regulation

Posted October 25, 2018

As part of its process to develop a proposed rule updating its standard for powered industrial trucks (PITs), OSHA sent its pre-rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The current regulation at 1910.178 relies on ANSI standards from 1969, and the Industrial Truck Association has encouraged OSHA to update and expand the regulation to account for substantial revisions to ANSI standards on PITs over the last 45 years.

The current regulation covers 11 types of trucks, but there are now 19 types found in industry. OSHA’s upcoming proposed rule would seek to update the consensus standard referenced from the 1969 version of the ANSI B56.1 to the 2016 version. As soon as OMB approves the pre-rule, it will appear in the Federal Register.


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