As with all forklifts, however, certain steps can be taken to ensure continued safe operation:
- Adequate ventilation of enclosed facilities
- Safe handling of the fuel
- Proper maintenance of the forklift
- Employee training
Numerous resources are available to assist propane forklift operators with the safe operation and maintenance of their equipment. They include the following:
- Local Propane Dealers: See Yellow Pages under "Gases-," "Gas - Propane", "Propane Gas", or "Propane Gas - Equipment & Suppliers," in the local phone directory.
- OSHA: Website: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/standards.html
- OSHA Office of Training and Education: Outreach training materials for the Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training Standard.
- National Ag Safety Database (NASD): Several videos including Training Videos - Forklifts and Pallet Jacks.
- State Organizations: State propane associations and the Railroad Commission of Texas Alternative Fuel Research and Education Division (http://www.rrc.state.tx.us) offer information and classes on such topics as propane safety, vehicle equipment and devices, and vehicle diagnostics and repair. Source: Washington Liftruck
- Industry Organizations: The Propane Education Research Council (http://www.propanecouncil.org/), National Propane Gas Association (http://www.npga.org), and the Propane Vehicle Council (http://www.propanevehicle.org/), all constitute valuable sources for obtaining information on employee training and materials, such as the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on propane.
- Private Organizations: Forklift Operation and Safety, an online private operator training course, one of several OSHA training topics provided free of charge.