Forklift Operator Safety - NIU - Environmental Health and Safety

Health and Safety Programs

Forklift Operator Safety

This written Forklift Operation Program applies to all forklifts and other powered industrial trucks being
operated by NIU personnel or labor contractors regardless of location. It establishes guidelines to be
followed whenever employees or students operate powered industrial trucks at Northern Illinois
University. These guidelines are established in order to:

  • Provide a safe working environment.
  • Govern safe operator use of powered industrial trucks.
  • Ensure proper care and maintenance of powered industrial trucks.


The procedures in this program establish uniform recommendations designed to ensure that forklift and
other powered industrial truck safety training, operation, and maintenance practices are communicated
to and understood by the employees involved. These recommendations also are designed to ensure that
procedures are in place to safeguard the health and safety of all employees.

Forklift Operator Safety program (PDF)