Employers who use forklifts in their workplaces have a new resource to help keep their employees safe on the job. The Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool is the latest Web-based training tool unveiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"OSHA continues to develop and make available valuable resources for employers and employees who operate powered industrial trucks," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "The new eTool demonstrates our commitment to workplace safety and health, while ensuring our stakeholders better understand ways to avoid forklift-related injuries and fatalities on the job."

The eTool, which focuses on forklifts commonly used in general industry, provides a review of potential hazards and a summary of key OSHA requirements and industry-recommended practices for forklift operations. It includes four modules examining the types of forklifts, safe operating practices, workplace conditions affecting operation and operator training.

This eTool was developed by OSHA with input from the Industrial Truck Association and other Alliance Program participants, including ADSC (International Association of Foundation Drilling); Altec Industries Inc.; American Foundry Society; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; American Forest and Paper Association and Pulp and Paper Safety Association; Integrated Waste Services Association; and Precision Metalforming Association.

OSHA's eTools are stand-alone, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics.