Vision and Hearing Requirements
- Those interested in forklift training in order to be hired by an employer must have good eyesight naturally, or with the use of glasses or corrective contact lenses. Drivers must be free of hearing issues, as hearing issues pose a safety risk in warehouses and construction sites where the use of horns, sirens and back-up sounds prevent many accidents from taking place. Ultimately, it is up to the employer to decide what constitutes a safety risk when it comes to hearing or vision impairment. You should not have hearing or any brain-injury/neurological issues as one must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with those around him. If you are taking medications, be sure that they do not interfere with the ability to drive, respond quickly to changes in the environment or falling objects or changes in the operation of the machine.
- Physical handicaps that prevent drivers from operating a forklift are not allowed. The use of all limbs is required to properly operate a forklift and subsequent machinery. Employers are encouraged to use a similar standard adopted by the state’s motor vehicle department to decide what counts as a physical handicap that would prevent someone from obtaining a forklift license since OSHA does not specify the exact conditions. However, it is required that the guidelines that companies decide on are written down and kept on-hand at the job site. A physical exam may be required prior to being hired as a forklift driver to assure that a potential driver is in good physical condition, but there is no specific height or weight requirement. Similarly, there is no specific requirements are the same across the board with regards to education, however some employers may require a high school degree or GED certificate.
- Although no specific psychological tests are given, it is known that neurological defects are dis-allowed; including those that require medication since complete and full attention is necessary to safely operate a forklift. One example of a neurological issue that would prevent an individual from gaining employment as a forklift operator is a balance problem as it is required that drivers have good balance as part of the job.